Fri | Feb 26, 2021

Facilitate training and education of prisoners

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2021 | 12:09 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

I concur with the writer of the letter of the day titled, ‘Seek Answers to Crime Problems from Prisoners’, published on February 16. Our prisons must facilitate training and education of prisoners. On the other hand, the thought of how some became so hardened in the first place must not be overlooked and a study of their ethical beliefs would be worthwhile.

I believe, however, that there is a dark force outside of human scope propelling such devious behaviours, which a study may not reveal. A human impossibility perhaps. The shooting of a woman in a church, allegedly while praying, attest to this fact. How more heartless could one get?

Successive governments, private institutions and churches have over the years instituted a number of programmes to assist young people. To name a few: TAP (Technology Advancement Programme, CAP (Career Advancement Programme), NYS (National Youth Service) , the HEART/NSTA Trust, JSIF (The Jamaica Social Investment Fund) and more recently, the launch of the Inter-Agency Network Youth Development Programme. I believe there is a HEART/NSTA Trust skill training centre in every parish and yet there are so many young people who are still not making use of these opportunities.

At the launch of the Inter-Agency Network Youth Development Programme, the keynote speaker Dr Lincoln Edwards urged the government to spend more resources to help the youth. A significant part of this resource will need to be spent on social and spiritual and intervention. We are fighting a battle.

We continue to do the studies, provide the opportunities and, of course, we continue to pray – May God help us!

DENISE HUNTER

dhunter@ncu.edu.jm