State minister eyes improvement of correctional facilities
Minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, has reiterated the Government's commitment to improving the rehabilitation programmes and the physical infrastructure of the island's correctional facilities.
The objective, he said, is to reduce repeat offending, improve the facilities and the working conditions of employees.
"Our purpose is to protect the integrity of our country's system of justice and rehabilitate those boys and girls and adults who, for whatever unfortunate reasons, are within our care," he said.
Charles was speaking during a tour of the Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre for males in Bamboo, St Ann, last week.
The visit was part of a series of tours of correctional facilities by the state minister to get firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by the institutions.
The comprehensive programme at the Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre includes behaviour modification, and academic and vocational training in areas such as woodwork, tailoring, auto mechanics, welding and electrical installation.
The 98 juveniles at the facility participate in recreational activities including football, cricket, and athletics. The centre also cultivates produce such as yam and cabbage, and is involved in chicken and pig rearing.