In a letter to the concerned parent, Maggie said proper procedure had not been followed, adding, “for that I take responsibility and offer my apologies”.
The parent of the victim said the minister had been seen picking up the inmate and taking him home to his mother and his girlfriend on a regular basis.
The inmate was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in August, and was not on parole.
“(The inmate) was seen on the back of his girlfriend’s bike going for a lovely bike ride. He can go home at 9am and leave to be in prison by 5pm. Meanwhile there are people who have had lesser charges in prison for seven years and have seen (the inmate) leave the premises,” the parent told CINews.
“This is a joke! I was willing to let this go, but then I get told by various people that he's been seen ‘out and about’.”
The parent also questioned Maggie’s intentions in transporting the inmate, adding the minister was “making the prison sentencing system a joke”.
Maggie in his letter said he had been notified by the newly-appointed head of Ministry of Corrective Services, Tai Joseph about the parent’s complaint.
He said he had been briefed on what had taken place and understood the concerns and the reasons for the parent being upset.
“From time to time, the Prison Superintendent receives requests from families for inmates to be at home for specific purposes and for a specific period of time,” Maggie said in his letter.
“As Minister for Corrective Services, I also receive such requests and these are usually considered on a case-by-case basis. The usual process is that the inmate, if not supervised, must remain at the family house.
“The victim’s family is also notified as a matter of courtesy.
“In this instance, this did not happen, the procedure wasn’t followed, and for that I take responsibility and offer my apologies.”