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Keeva Joell-Benjamin appointed first female Commissioner of Corrections

Keeva Joell-Benjamin, Bermuda’s first female Commissioner of Corrections. (Photo supplied)

Keeva Joell-Benjamin has become Bermuda’s first female Commissioner of Corrections.

The appointment of the 30-year veteran of the prison service became effective on January 17, it was announced.

She had held the position in an acting capacity since 2018 when former Commissioner, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Lamb, was seconded to the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee.

Derrick Binns, the Head of the Public Service, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ms Joell-Benjamin to this important and critical senior post.

“Keeva brings a wealth of operational and strategic knowledge to the post, having worked in the service for three decades.

“Her skills will be an invaluable asset to the Government, and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate her and wish her well in the new role.”

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of National Security said Ms Joell-Benjamin joined the service in 1991 as a basic officer and has since worked in the majority of the island’s correctional facilities.

The spokeswoman said: “Her last position was Assistant Commissioner (Administration) with responsibility for policies, IT, works and accounts, and she has served as acting Commissioner of Corrections for the last four years.

“Ms Joell-Benjamin is responsible for the Department of Corrections’ three housing facilities – this entails administering sentences imposed by the courts under conditions of safe custody, and providing rehabilitation to inmates so that their risk of reoffending is lowered.

“As the Commissioner of Corrections, Ms Joell-Benjamin is responsible for the leadership, direction and overall management and administration of the Department of Corrections.

“She will also work to ensure public safety and work under the general policy direction of the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of National Security.”

Ms Joell-Benjamin is a member of the Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prison Services and has served as the organisation’s secretary, and is a member of the International Corrections and Prisons Association.

The spokeswoman added: “Ms Joell-Benjamin strongly believes in the department’s role to empower inmates to be responsible and productive citizens and also endeavours to demonstrate the department’s core values daily.”

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Published January 25, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated January 25, 2022 at 8:00 am)

Keeva Joell-Benjamin appointed first female Commissioner of Corrections

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