Shortcut to the Margaret Hill Overlook
If all you want to do is get to the Margaret Hill Overlook and prefer not to take such a long hike, you can begin your walk at the entrance to the Water Catchment Trail at Centerline Road. Walk down to the spur trail. From there it’s a much shorter walk to the overlook…. read more about the Caneel and Margaret Hills Trail
St. John Events
St. John Historical Society
Leayle Robinson, CGL Board Member, give a presentation on his book “From Mary’s Point to John’s Folly – the Petrus Family Tree” at the January membership meeting of the St. John Historical Society. He will also present a slide show highlighting prominent family members and their connections and contributions to St. John history. Mr. Robinson is an experienced and knowledgeable genealogist and has much to share. Bethany Moravian Church at 7:00 p.m.
St. John Weather
Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. East wind 16 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Virgin Islands News
V.I. wins fight to keep report on ‘urgent’ conditions at Golden Grove from public
By JOY BLACKBURN (Daily News Staff)
Published: January 13, 2014
ST. CROIX – The territory has successfully blocked the public from seeing an expert’s report on “urgent” conditions at Golden Grove prison, the same week a stabbing and at least one other reported assault occurred inside the facility.
A federal court has found that the conditions inside Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility violate the protection against cruel and unusual punishment afforded to U.S. citizens in the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. Those findings are part of an ongoing case that has been litigated by federal civil rights lawyers for more than 27 years in an attempt to get the territory to treat its prisoners humanely.
Court documents that the public can see suggest that the conditions at the prison that the expert was warning of were serious.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division filed a notice with the court that said it was attaching correspondence and a report on “Urgent Conditions of Confinement Concerns at GGACF.” GGACF is Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility. The report, according to the notice, was filed on behalf of the independent monitor, Kenneth Ray.
Ray’s job includes monitoring conditions inside the prison, as well as the V.I. Corrections Bureau’s implementation of the provisions of a settlement agreement aimed at bringing conditions at Golden Grove up to constitutional standards….
His job also requires him to report the information he gathers and his observations to the court on a quarterly basis under a certain procedure that gives the parties a two-week review period and an opportunity for input before a report is made public….
…Later on Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department opposed that motion, arguing that the monitor must be able to alert the court to “emergency conditions in Golden Grove that are placing prisoners’ lives in danger.”
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Wilma Lewis agreed with the territory and ordered that the notice to the court and the attached correspondence and report be stricken from the record….