“Hell In Barbados” uncovered problems at Glendairy prisons – UK Actor Will Mellor found some more at Dodds as a mock-inmate

Last year this News-Blog covered how an ex-Journalist and Occult-consultant landed in Glendairy and his time spent may have put him in hot water with the previous regime… Terry Donaldson was brutally frank on what happened during his stay at the “Station Hill Motel“, especially since his visit coincided with the riot in March 2005!

Unfortunately, we found out after he left that he was actually here briefly on the South Coast, but he is not too likely to return after his eye-opening “Hell In Barbados” was published.

That was Glendairy and its tribulations but now, at Dodds – the new gaol/jail – another ‘guestWill Mellor, a UK soap star (OMG, they’re TONS of them aren’t they?) while paying tribute for when his father stayed in the slammer by offering to do his bit for a reality-TV series when he went to Barbados and do “time” at Dodds where he discovers more than he expected . . . . .

So he goes to prison and the guards treat him like a prisoner. Some one even felt him up. Then there was the dropping the bar of soap in the shower. All this happened to him because no one recognised him as a celebrity. He isn’t a celebrity here for sure.

Will-MellorThat’s a very sarcastic Zaphod, but this is what Scotland’s Daily Record learned when they actually spoke with the performer –

Will, 32, says: “When I went to visit my dad in jail I didn’t recognise him. And that upset him so much, to realise that his son didn’t know who he was any more.

I can imagine. I have kids and I know how that would feel for me.

That was one reason for me agreeing to visit jail in Barbados.”

Will is one of several TV personalities – including Linford Christie, Jack Osbourne and Donal MacIntyre – who take part in the new Virgin 1 series The Prisoner: X.

His mission was to visit a jail in Barbados, see how the inmates live and get a feel for how they deal with the harsh realities in a system where life means life…

And the death penalty means death.

The write of the article should have taken the trouble to call Barbados to find out the last time the Death Penalty was carried out, eh?

Oh, well; the trip was not a total waste though… Mellor uncovered a few things while getting roughed up –

Will visited HMP Dodds – a spankingly new and shiny prison, barbed wire, cameras and shiny brick.

The 1000 inmates incarcerated there have been resident in Barbados’ only prison for just 10 months. Three years ago, they rioted and set ablaze the old prison – holding control of it for three days. After two deaths and many injuries, including shootings, they eventually surrendered to the machine gun – armed militia surrounding the prison.

For two years they were housed in holding pens at Harrison Point where drugs and violence were rife. In November 2007 they were moved to their new home.

And, in 2008, they got a visit from a British TV star

Will’s introduction to the jail wasn’t what he’s used to in a working day. Immediately, he was cuffed, stripped and showered.

He said: “They took everything away – your freedom, your dignity. They gave me a prison uniform. Straight away you realise they own you. I felt totally dehumanised. I felt that I was their property.”

Um, is that not what jail/gaol is supposed to do? Make you feel so bad about what you did that you don’t do it again? He got to see men flouting their penises after extending them artificially – it’s called “boogaloo“, something he hopes to never see again! The actor’s time spent however manufactured, led to some improvement of conditions – although he sees the need for parole and rehabilitation so as to discourage convicts returning, what social workers know as RECIDIVISM

I was interested in the full experience – but it would have been very terrifying.

These are real criminals, I understand that.

But there’s no parole system in Barbados – if you get 30 years you do 30 years.

So if I do something at 17, then I’m not going to be the same person I am at 47 when my sentence is over.

You serve your time no matter what. There’s no initiative, nothing to let you see the outside world and strive to be better. No newspapers, nothing, you’re just an animal in a cage.

If prison is supposed to be a place where you rehabilitate people then call it that. But if it’s a cage then call it a cage.

There’s more leniency in [UK] prisons. {Ed’s NoteYa got that right, how does leniency become IDIOCY? Please check any link in this line of text}

These guys weren’t even allowed chewing gum, and if they were caught with a pen when they shouldn’t have had a pen, then they would be sent to solitary.

In one way I think it’s right to come down so hard. In another, I think to lock people up and leave them without trying to make them better people is wrong.”

Will was aware that, as a well-known TV star being followed by cameras, his mere presence could have made for artificial conditions in the prison.

If that meant improved conditions for the prisoners, then all the better.

There was a lot of that,” Will says. “A lot of the inmates said they didn’t normally get the sort of treatment they got, it was because of the cameras. They’d been allowed outside when I was there and they said they hadn’t been out for a month. So they thanked us for coming in that respect. They all got new soap and flannels. I saw their old flannels because I handed them their new ones.

“They’d basically been cleaning themselves with a piece of string.

So that made me feel quite good because I figured at least they were getting something decent out of us making the films.”

What I am extremely curious about is how come no local media, not even BGIS as far as I know, was even aware of this “publicity” if you will, does not the old saying run as – “Any publicity is GOOD publicity“?? You mean they really put the lock-down on this special trip?

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  1. I like how these fellas duz want jail to be sugar an spice and everything nice. most of those guys in prison are there for serious crimes. dem tief, dem rape, dem beat up, dem murder. sorry if i dont have any sympathy for them not getting chewing gum. boo hoo hoo

  2. ironically enough I just saw the ad for this show coming on in 15 minutes (my time) then cam here and read your write up…will let you know how it was

  3. I just happen to catch this show after my breddren call me an told me to switch to Virgin1. What I saw was another “think they hard” brit whine an cry like a lil baby, and producers over inflated an exaggerating a situation. Take his interview with “one of the most dangerous men in Barbados… nonsense, the man killed and was locked up now for over 23 years, give me a break. Then he met one who should be going to the gallows very soon. And by rights you should hang, I am so sick an tired of these people who comment these evil crimes then bawlin blue murder bout them conditions, your ass is in jail, not summer camp. It is high time, they started to hang these people in jail, I don;t care about the statistics showing it does not lower crime, an example needs to be set that the tax paper will no be footing the bill, for these maniacs. If you murder, hang for it. The British judicial system is too buttery soft, how the hell a life sentence is 25-30 years, with prisoners getting out early for good behavior. Possession of a gun is mandatory 5 years but perverts touching kids is 2 years. One of those bogaloo boys should of held Mr Mellor an bull his ras, then let him run tell that to the Scottish newspapers

  4. your video is a lot of shit it is just wrong sided you should try doing a vidoe on the reason why some of the prisoners r in prison and talk to some the families that have been affected by some of the crimes that these prisoners have done to them. the prison in barbados is one of the best in carbbean and in the world

  5. A QUICK SOLUTION FOR BARBADOS MARINE LITTER AND ISLAND RUBBISH. I LIVE HERE ON A TEMPORY BASIS AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN AS MUCH RUBBISH IN ALL MY LIFE. WALK UP THE COUNTRY LANES AND ITS TERRIBLE. THERE ARE POLYSTIRINE TAKEAWAY BOXES AND PLASTIC BOTTLES FLUNG EVERYWHERE, IN HEDGES BUSHES GULLY'S AND IT'S GETTING WORSE. ALL THE MARINE LITTER ENDS UP DOWN THE STORM DRAINS AND INTO THE SEA. ALL THE TOURISTS THAT GO BACK TO EUROPE ALWAYS SAY HOW BAD THE LITTER IS, EVEN IN THE COUNTRYSIDE. YOU NEED PROPER DUSTBINS TOO THAT HAVE LIDS TO STOP RATS AND MOSQUITOES….

  6. Im a correctional Officer here in South Florida…Points made here are very interesting….I need to see a Virtual tour at the very least some area photos of the prison……I must say with all i’ve heard so far I sleep better at nite while my mom is in Bim knowing Bajans controling the criminals… no one wants to vacation where the criminals have all da say so…BIG UP Bim!!!!Keep da ras in dey!!!!If they want out..they need to change da ways so da dont cum back…stay outta prison!!!! …live like decent human beings…sincerely Ms.Q

  7. “One of those bogaloo boys should of held Mr Mellor an bull his ras, then let him run tell that to the Scottish newspapers” Anonymous

  8. Can’ wate to hear ur review on the book

  9. What is the meaning of attacking Crowley? I think he’s important too.

  10. Ok regarding the litter, too many foreigners in Barbados. When they said Caricom it did not mean invade Barbados only. Barbados was clean until CARICOM exchange of labor practices and all other people brought their nasty practices. As for the treatment of prisoners, It teaches them the value of what they had and when they come out I bet you they would never do that shit again vs the american way, 3 square meals a day television recreation etc… F..it why do something constructive when I can rape or murder someone and get taken care of for life. That’s why so many people are repeat offenders in the US

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