Prison Will Sue
A week ago, 7News told you about the group calling itself the Belize Central Prison Employees Correlation, who is challenging the management of the Kolbe Foundation, the private managers of the prisons.
As we reported, their main grievance is that the management has reportedly been terminating too many employees without due process, and it has driven them to produce a video which highlights this and a number of other issues, which they’ve posted on Facebook. An attorney representing the Kolbe Foundation CEO, John Woods, wrote to the lead member, Herman Blease, warning him that the organization has been engaging in a defamation campaign, but this warning did not shake their resolve.
Well, tonight, 7News has confirmed that the Belize Central Prison is in consultation with their attorneys and a decision is imminent as to whether or not they will take legal action against Blease and the Employees Correlation.
We spoke to Prison CEO, Earl Jones, who told us that all the materials that the organization has released to the public has been handed over to their attorneys, which included that documentary, and pamphlets which the organization’s members continue to produce other pamphlets.
Jones said that it is unfortunate that it has come to this because they’ve tried to approach the organization to settle this matter without resorting to the courts because it then becomes an expensive venture.
Jones added that Blease and his associates, contrary to the intended effect of writing to them, have stepped up their campaign against prison and its management, and they’ve now been forced to take appropriate action.
He also categorically denied that there is any suggestion of mass terminations are taking place at the prison, and that they have followed the Labour Laws to the letter.
Jones said finally that the attorney will give them a response by tomorrow. We’ll keep following up on the situation.