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TCI Letter to the Editor HMP Inmate bemoans prison conditions calls for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Date:19th February, 2018 Subject: Constitutional infringements as it relates to parole and other wise. Sir Your Excellency,After careful review of the parole ordinance I am left with a heavy heart and great concern that the process which was instituted to benefit inmates serving custodial sentences at H.M Prison, Grand Turk in being subverted by the nonchalant approach to the parole process by the very members appointed to the board and others responsible for providing necessary reports.I am of the impression that the board should be meeting at least three(3) times a year. However, for the past five(5) years now the parole board has been having one(1) meeting per year and using the tardiness of social services as an excuse not to have the meeting when scheduled.At present there are seventeen(17) inmates eligible for parole. My name along with George Munroe, Louis Francis and at least two(2) others should be at the top of the list but have been mysteriously left out. Friday February 16th the board scheduled to meet and consider six(6) applicants, leaving eleven(11) eligible inmates wondering when the next meeting will be held and hoping it will be before next year February. Meanwhile every month other inmates will become eligible and are left wondering when or if their applications will be heard. During the last year ten(10) or more eligible inmates completed their sentences without ever having their parole applications heard which is a violation of their constitutional Rights.Among the inmate population there is a fear of victimization, which is why there are not more inmates speaking out about the advantage that is being taken of us. However, I feel that to not let my voice be heard would be a greater of injustice and counter productive to all I’ve been working towards for the past ten(10) years, and indeed all we as inmates work towards.  Personally and as a population of inmates, we feel that the parole board is functioning neither effectively nor efficiently and is in fact in jeopardy of being in violation of serious constitutional infringements.Please sir, I do not want to be misunderstood, even though mine is the only name affixed to this letter; I am only the voice speaking out in conjunction with other inmates who find themselves in similar situations. After serving ten(10) years of a twenty(20) years sentence with three(3) years left to completion. I’ve gone from sleeping the first year away to teaching computer applicants/applications and serving meals simultaneously for four(4) years then moving to maintenance where I’ve been called to do everything, from running telephone and cable wires to draining the sewage system regularly. I was denied parole without explanation in 2016 along with Louis Francis and George Munroe and we all should have been called back for reconsideration last year but we were not recalled at the only meeting in January, 2017. So the systems that is suppose to motivate inmates to be industrious and better themselves while serving their sentences is nonfunctional despite continual prompting and admonitions from the Prison information desk(PID).In addition my earning potential ended after my second year, so for the past 8 years I’ve been earning nothing in working with a hope for parole as is the case with all inmates serving any sentence more than 2 years being that our release allowance stops at 750 dollars and the greatest earning potential is set at $2 per day. Again after careful review we are of the opinion that there has been a serious misinterpretation of the present ordinance in reference to inmates release allowances and relationship to and inmates earning potential for certain works performed.Morale within the inmate population is very low and our collective belief is that while the parole ordinance is clear on procedure and the criteria for eligibility, the board seems to be continually getting misconstrued and these should be misconstrued and there should be a review or inquiry into the parole process.Prison has become a place of punishment only where inmates are being harassed instead of rehabilitated, and those with the desire to change are left to motivate themselves and find they’re own way out of the revolting doors; instead of being an effective institute for skills training and crime prevention. We know sir that the prison comes under on of the government ministries, however we are also well aware  that the governor has oversight of the Prison.Myself along with several other inmates have long met the criteria for parole. We have been Industrious, of good behavior and have earned responsibilities integral to the daily smooth operation of the prison. Yet there is no recompense and no programs to motivate inmates towards reforming themselves.It is a sad state of affairs  we find ourselves in here at H.M Prison Grand Turk as inmates, therefore we are left with no other recourse but to bring our plight  ultimately to you the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands and appeal to the humanitarian we believe you to be while simultaneously notifying the Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Hon. Delroy Williams Minister of Home Affairs, Ms. Sabrina Green Commissioner of Human Rights Commission and Mr. Leo Missick Chairman of visiting committee of our concerns.We are left now with only the belief that supplications have made it to the right people and further communication can take place in the future.Thank you for your time and consideration.Most respectfully yours indeed..Elvanthan HandfieldInmate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 8, 2018 – Providenciales – To:His Excellency The Governor Dr. John FreemanWaterlooGrand TurkTurks and Caicos Islands From:Inmate Elvathan HandfieldH.M PrisonGrand TurkTurks and Caicos Islandslast_img read more

KMC starts special drive to collect house tax arrears worth Rs 4700

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will launch a special drive to collect house tax arrears worth Rs 4,700 crore, Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh said on Tuesday.This is for the first time in the history of the KMC since the Mayor-in-Council system was introduced in 1985 that sincere attempts are being made to collect house tax arrears. Earlier, the state government had allowed waiver scheme twice, namely, between 2000 and 2005 when Subrata Mukherjee was the Mayor and again between 2010 and 2016 when Sovan Chatterjee was the Mayor. But on both the occasions, the KMC could not collect the entire house tax arrears. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedGhosh held meetings with senior officials of the Assessment department to prepare the blueprint that will be followed to collect house tax arrears. The officials of the Assessment department representing various divisions will give the lists containing the names of the tax defaulters to Ghosh who in turn will pass them on to the Councilors. The latter will visit their houses and if they agree to clear the dues, then the KMC will waive 50 percent of the interest and 99 percent of the penalty. If property tax is not paid on time then the KMC imposes 12 percent interest and 15 percent penalty. Ghosh said he has fixed a target of collecting tax arrears which the Assessment department will have to meet by March 31. From April 1 to May 30, the Assessment department officials will have to submit lists of properties that have not been assessed to Ghosh. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe added that the officials will have to inform about the number of pending files twice a month. Ghosh maintained that in South Kolkata, the house tax dues will be around Rs 969.54 crore. In North Kolkata, it is around Rs 640 crore. In Jadavpur, the house tax arrears will be around Rs 129 crore while in Behala, it is almost Rs 160.50 crore. In Garden Reach, the outstanding will be around Rs 22.42 crore while tax from Tollygunge would amount to Rs 260.31 crore. The heavy loss in revenue which the KMC is facing now is the handiwork of the erstwhile Left Front government. The party leaders have told thousands of house tax owners in Behala, Jadavpur and Garden Reach areas, known as the added areas in KMC’s parlance, not to pay property taxes. Kamal Basu, who was the Mayor from 1985 to 1990, sent a team comprising officials of the Assessment department to take stock of the buildings in the added areas and impose a property tax. The officials were beaten up by locals at the instruction of the CPI(M) leaders in Behala in 1986. Following this, the drive was suspended forever. Ghosh said in case of housing complexes if the flat owners’ associations want a meeting with the KMC officials on house tax arrears, then if informed beforehand, he would attend the meetings. Ghosh is very hopeful about the collection of the house tax arrears.last_img read more