KERLIANS LAND IN SANCTARIA FOR PRISON SENTENCES

Crime

Hibernia Island

Kerlians convicted in the recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission were placed into Sanctarian custody this morning before being processed for their first of many nights in Hibernia Prison. The prison, a former military prison, was disused up until a number of months ago when the Government of Sanctaria identified it as a suitable prison for those convicted in the Commission.

The small airport on Hibernia Island can only accomodate, at most, twin-engined turboprops, so the half dozen prisoners who made their way from Kerlile to Sanctaria had a little plane change at Templar. Accompanied by members of the Sanctarian Federal Police, reporters from all over the world had gathered at Templar International trying to get a shot of the infamous Anita Patel, Kerlian Counsellor, for their front pages. Government officials had made sure to have the plane change occur out of sight – “for security purposes” according to our sources.

Hibernia Prison itself will not be a comfortable prison for the convicts, many of whom face decades within its walls. Not yet fully refurbished, it is still without cable or satellite television, it has no internet or computers, and it is without a library. Officials within the Justice Department have said that they intended for “the TV and library issues to be rectified within weeks” but as for the internet, “not a hope”.

It is also deliberately difficult to get to. A ferry goes to Hibernia Island once a week, and despite the small airport, there are no scheduled flights. “Tourists charter helicopters or small planes during the summer months”, the airport’s director told us. “It’s a very popular tourist area at that time of year. Safe and secluded!” And it’s this secluded nature of the island, and its disused prison that attracted the Government to it for the TRC convicts.

Anita Patel, and the other convicts, will be confined to single-cell quarters for most of their day. They will all take one hour leisure time separately. They will eat in their cell. Prison guards will escort them individually twice a day to the showers. It seems overly strict compared to the normal prison regime in Sanctaria, but Justice Department officials told us it was necessary, “we have people from all sides of the war in here. We have prisoners who could and would kill another if they laid eyes on each other. It’s for their safety.” They did hasten to add “though once they have their TVs installed in their cells and they make the place a little more homely through some decorations or books from the library, it won’t be so bad.”

There will be four armed prison guards on duty for every one prisoner, making it one of the most heavily guarded federal prisons in Sanctaria. A graveyard is located on site also, in the event of prisoner deaths, though the Justice official hoped that it would only be used in the event of “natural causes.” Time will tell.

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Adam King
Crime & Justice Correspondent