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Bahamasdepartmentofcorrectionalservices

Saturday, May 21, 2022

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Pathology Report: Mentally Ill Prisoner Died By Blunt Force Trauma

Investigators have ruled the recent prison death of Mikhail Miller at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, as a homicide.

National Security Minister Wayne Munroe confirmed that the victim died from blunt force trauma.

The big story

The 29-year-old was a mental patient imprisoned at the correctional facility. His mother said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and psychosis due to the intake of contaminated drugs.

His mother, Rose Miller attempted to get him help for his mental sickness and sought the assistance of police to get him arrested.

She then got a warrant for his arrest producing evidence that he stole shoes from his brother which he was told by a judge to refund.

Since he did not make payments, Rose asked that Mikhail be placed before the courts.

What his sister said since the autopsy findings

Sherine Miller, a sister of the deceased said the family was horrified of the autopsy results and are waiting to find out  the details of his killing at the facility.

“Someone has to be held accountable for Mikhail’s death. We are appalled and words cannot describe what we feel…We were looking for help and this is what we got at the end of the day. A dead body that came back out to us and nobody wants to tell us what is happening and how did he arrive to the situation.”

The sister said the family still has questions surrounding the events that unfolded.

His mother added that it is difficult to understand what happened since “my son was not sick apart from the mental problems that he had.”

The sister said the family was retaining a lawyer to represent them.

Prison Officers Want COVID-19 Testing As One of Its Own Fights for Life

Prison officers at the Bahamas Department of Corrections are calling on health officials to render COVID-19 testing for its officers and inmates after another correctional officer tested positive for the infectious disease.

In a statement, the officers said there is an upsurge of cases in the Maximum Security section of the prison.

The officers said Commissioner Charles Murphy has not been truthful in revealing the accurate number of infections at the facility.

“Enough is Enough…

“The commissioner [is] joking. The medical department [is] joking along with Sister Strachan and TCN/Principal Officer Mackey who are cherry-picking which officers should go on quarantine.

“The commissioner is in denial.  He failed to give a true report on the numbers of officers who have been sick with COVID since last year.”

Officer Kareem Jones is listed in ICU after contracting the virus.

One of its recent cases is a correctional officer who is reported to be in ICU a the Princess Margaret Hospital, connected to a ventilator.

“People’s lives are not a joke.  Please stop playing and test these officers who have been exposed and discontinue the practice of evaluating staff on paper and a phone call.

“Officers, staff and inmates were affected from day one,” officers said.

The big picture

The country is in the third wave of the virus and Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has called on everyone above the age of 18 to get vaccinated.

Vaccination centers have been opened to inoculate individuals willing to receive the jab.

To date, the country has recorded 12,889 COVID-19 cases; 11740 people have recovered while 812 cases remain active.

Prison Inmates Claim Mistreatment. Prison Commissioner Says Not So

Commissioner of Corrections Charles Murphy defended the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services position after reports circulated social media regarding uproar at the facility by inmates claiming mistreatment.

In a press statement, Murphy said the claims of mistreatment are untrue.

“I categorically deny the claim that inmates are treated unfairly and inhumanely while incarcerated at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.”

Why it matters

Inmates at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services are heard in a voice note demanding the resignation of Murphy while accusing him of denying them pure water, food visitation and the ability to smoke.

Reports are that prison officers were also assaulted by inmates who doused them with urine and feces because their demands were not met.

What Commissioner Murphy Says

Murphy says inmates are allowed three meals daily. He added that inmates have been smoking cigarettes in a no-smoking zone which has irritated other inmates who are non-smokers.

“I wish to advise the general public that inmates are allowed three meals per day, daily exercise, and showers in accordance with the Human Rights Convention, standard minimum treatment of offenders, and the Correctional Service Act 2014.

“Further, the southern wing of the Maximum Security Housing Unit has just been recently renovated as part of our improvement project.

“This area is designated as a NO SMOKING ZONE to which all inmates placed in that housing unit are aware. It was brought to my attention that inmates are smoking in the unit which created a problem for inmates who do not smoke.

“Inmates were also found damaging the walls and cell doors in the newly renovated unit with the cigarettes. They have been warned to discontinue this practice many times to no avail.”

Murphy said, as a result, his administration had taken the position to discontinue the issuance of cigarettes to preserve the health and safety of all inmates and to protect the infrastructure within Maximum Security and the interest of the general public.