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'Juvenile recidivism decreasing'

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 8:55 AM
Pearnel Charles Jr says fewer wards of the State are being detained, because of the diversion programme being used in the court system.

State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jr, says juvenile recidivism is decreasing.

In an interview with JIS News, the State Minister also noted that fewer wards of the State are being detained, because of the diversion programme being used in the court system.

He explains that the programme is a system used to assess the circumstances under which a juvenile commits an offence.

He says based on the findings the child is assigned or diverted to a programme that will address the issues causing him or her to be a delinquent, instead of being locked away in an institution.

He further says the New Path programme that facilitates weekly counselling, the implementation of educational and vocational training, conflict-resolution programmes, as well as the opportunity for apprenticeship and internship.

Senator Charles Jr points out that each child has a post-release liaison officer who follows and assists the juvenile with his or her reintegration into society.