New commissioner of corrections to be named soon
A new commissioner of corrections will be announced by next week, according to Minister of National Security Marvin Dames.
“We have the new person for commissioner and we should be having a ceremony within the next week or two,” Dames said in a recent interview.
“I don’t know what the date is but we’re working on the official ceremony to announce the new commissioner.
“We know who the new commissioner is and the process has been completed from the beginning of [March] and so we’re right on schedule. That ceremony should be before Easter.”
Charles Murphy, who previously headed the Maximum Security Unit, has served as acting commissioner since last year when former Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright retired.
Last year, the government began an international search for someone to fill the position.
In January, Dames said that eight Bahamian applicants had been shortlisted.
Formerly known as Her Majesty’s Prison, the Bahamas Department of Corrections underwent a name change in order to reflect the ongoing transformation of the institution from a penal institution to a correctional one.
The government recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Correctional Service of Canada to assist in the transformation.