Stating that the National Unity Government must get its priorities right, Sixth District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines has lamented the reduced budget for His Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in the 2023 Budget Estimates.
“Mr Speaker, I notice the budget for the prison was cut. This should not happen,” Hon Maduro-Caines said at the Continuation of the Ninth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) to debate the 2023 Budget on December 20, 2022.
The budget given in the 2023 draft estimates for the prison was $4,139,900, compared to $397,174,331 for 2022.
Stating that the National Unity
Government must get it’s priority right, Sixth District Representative
Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines has lamented the reduced budget for His
Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in the 2023 Budget Estimates.
‘Lots of rehabilitation programmes needed’- Hon Maduro-Caines
“There are a lot of rehabilitation programmes that need to happen in the prison, and I am of the opinion the figure that was there last year should have remained if it could not be increased, but to cut the budget of the prison, I think we need to go back to that and fix that.”
Hon Maduro-Caines reiterated that “more money is indeed needed so that we could do those programmes at the prisons.”
The 2023 Budget of the Virgin Islands
(VI) was passed to the tune of $412,971,110 on December 21, 2022.