According to the ACLU, the V.I. Bureau of Corrections is losing track of which goals have been achieved in a 25-year-old federal consent decree meant to improve conditions at the St. Thomas jail, and is “creating an impression of progress rather than actually progressing towards compliance.”

ACLU attorney Eric Balaban is representing plaintiffs in the case, a class of prisoners who filed suit against the Virgin Islands government in 1994 at a time when the jail was so overcrowded and filthy the ACLU said that of the 25 states it was suing, the St. Thomas jail “was the worst prison in America.”

— Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email