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Peace group says despite criticisms, it will continue to work in volatile communities

Published:Wednesday | September 24, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Peace Management Initiative Board Member Horace Levy says the institute will continue to provide social intervention initiatives in troubled communities.

Following the shooting death of Constable James Grant in African Gardens Monday, Councillor for the Papine Division, Venesha Phillips said civil society groups should stop providing social interventions for hardened criminals.

According to her, once persons become gun men, they should be handled by the police and not civil society.

However, Levy says social intervention initiatives have been shown to make a difference in several settings, including in prisons with hardened criminals.

He says through these interventions, convicted criminals have learned to read, gained vocational skills and some have even received university degrees.

Levy notes that on the streets, the gains may not be seen as quickly.

However, he maintains that the overall impact of social intervention initiatives in volatile and often warring communities has been positive.


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