HM Prison , St Helena

I am not suggesting you spend the night here but rather have a look as you pass by. I must admit when I first saw it I assumed it was a museum or something of the sort.

There is little evidence of security – no razor wire here – notwithstanding it had nine prisoners when I visited the island. No-one escapes for the very simple reason that if you do – where do you go? A greater concern seems to be that you might break in. Be warned, you will be dealt with accordingly if you do.

No Breaking into HM Prison, St Helena!


St Helena has a reputation for being crime free which led me to make enquires as to why it had nine prisoners (with one more coming in from Ascension Island – I know this as half the Island’s prison staff was on the RMS St Helena to Ascension with me a few days later to pick up and escort the miscreant back).

St Helena is indeed extremely safe to visit and it astounded and deeply saddened me to learn that all (bar one) of those being held at Her Majesty’s pleasure were sex offenders (against children). Not something you read about in the tourist blub but sadly a problem on the island. The other prisoner was guilty of some minor public disorder misdemeanor.


This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries on my trip to St Helena.  I suggest you continue with my next entry – St Helena – The World’s Most Expensive Coffee – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my St Helena Introduction entry.



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