RNC charge 12 inmates for disturbance at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) has arrested and charged 12 people in relation to three separate altercations at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) on Forest Road in St. John’s.

Her Majesty’s Penitentiary on Forest Road in St. John’s. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

On June 3, around 8:20 p.m. the RNC responded to the HMP to the report of a disturbance in one of the living units that resulted in significant damage to that unit. An investigation has resulted in 12 people being charged with riot, malicious damage and various other charges.

On June 4 and again June 12, the RNC received two separate complaints of threats at HMP. Correctional officers reported to police that they were threatened by inmates. Those investigations have resulted in one inmate being charged with uttering threats for the June 4 incident and four being charged in the June 12 incident.

Five of the inmates charged with uttering threats are part of the 12 charged in the June 3 incident.

The RNC said all suspects will appear in court this afternoon.

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  • JJB
    June 20, 2014 - 13:20

    Sick and tired of hearing the "hoods" in the pen gripping and complaining about conditions there!!! WTF!!!! I don't think anyone is in there by accident!! They chose to break the law and infringe on innocent peoples lives and in my opinion, as a result, they wave their own rights and should accept what is given them. I think they have it too good; roof over their head, heat and three meals a day. Conditions should be so bad they would be a deterent to creaps breaking the law, robbing peoples hard earned possessions, destroying their property and in general being total degenerates!! So to the bleeding hearts.....too bad!!! These individuals should be treated like cattle, pile as many as possible into the cells, and make it as uncomfortable as possible and maybe make them think twice about breaking the law again. I just feel bad for the guards!!!

  • Doug
    June 20, 2014 - 07:44

    I know a couple of guys who are corrections officers. If they behave at work they way they do in general, then I can understand why they'd be getting threatened. Someone might want to do stronger character checks when hiring people for these positions. On a different note, although I haven't been there myself but from all accounts, HMP is a third world dump. The Waterford hospital and St. Clair's don't seem to be in much better shape, half the schools in the province are falling down around our ears and the roads are deplorable. What is this place going to look like when the oil boom we are supposed to be experiencing is over?

  • Crazy
    June 20, 2014 - 06:15

    @ Simple Man, are you trying to say, we should bend to their way, just because they are getting out one day. Why don't they try, and make a living like the rest of us.

    • What's that they say?
      June 20, 2014 - 07:04

      Simple answers for simple minds.

  • guy incognito
    June 19, 2014 - 12:48

    So what. They'll get a few months tacked on to their sentences...... If they can't behave, don't let them out of their cells in the first place. Take away their privileges. How about bringing out the fire hose?

    • simple man
      June 20, 2014 - 04:13

      buddy who are you and what the hell do you no about what those fellas go through I for one have made many a mistake and come a long way not too say I agree But you ever see how Ricidulous some officials act.... Tell me somebody calling you too the dirt does not deserve a threat once in a while. Get a grip upon reality before you comment your silly two cents.... The Fire hose.... Good god man Get a grip Id like to see you walk a mile in some of their shoes or better yet Say that too one of them cause rest asssure they wont remain locked away forever

    • Less Simple Man
      June 20, 2014 - 07:47

      You may have come a long way but you have not learned some basics yet. Your grammar and spelling need improvement. So does your attitude. NO ONE deserves a threat, EVER! Problem backgrounds are no doubt influential in the growth and formation of youth. Youth become adults, imagine that! Arrest, judgment and incarceration ought to render one time to reflect on the errors made in the past. Your suggestion that any thug is to be feared because they won't be locked away forever is a clear reminder that you have a very long way to come. Good on you for trying but please save your respect for those who deserve it and please address your priorities. We all have made mistakes and most will continue to do so. Giving in to cowardly "mob wannabes" does nothing to end their wrecking cycle. Have you come far enough and are you brave enough to disclose any known criminal activity to OUR society's authorities. Or are you another of the brave souls whose biggest fear is getting caught? Let us all not judge people. But please let us all continue judge behavior. The reward for good behavior while incarcerated ought to be the eventual release of the PRISONER with somewhat changed attitude and improved behaviour. As bad as conditions in any facility are it seems to me the choice to live in that facility was made some time ago and through some action(s) chosen by its residents - PRISONERS.

    • Yo mama
      June 20, 2014 - 09:24

      @Simple man, is it really that hard to just behave yourself and stay out of jail? This is where skid marks on societies underwear go to learn a harsh lesson, just about any crime you can name will somehow affect a law abiding citizen, be it robbery, assault or whatever. You make your bed, you lie in it and take whatever punishment is handed to you, learn from it and hopefully someday become a productive member of society. No one put you in these conditions but you. Act like a savage, get treated like one. See? easy. Personally I think prisoners have it too good, in more civilized and well behaved countries than ours, they chop hands for theft, which is why the rate of robbery is so low, they whip (rattan) for drunk driving and assault, both of which are also have a very low rate. Hanging for certain drug offence and murder. These countries are safer, clean and make millions a year from tourism alone. Think I might run for Premier and clean up our city.