A Pilot project, will soon be carried out by the Gender Affairs Division, within the Ministry of National Mobilisation, for a number of inmates currently housed at Her Majesty’s Prisons and the Belle Isle Correctional Facility.
Twenty-five inmates held at both Her Majesty’s Prisons and the Belle Isle correctional Facility, will, from 16th January, participate in a program called the Positive Reinforcement Program for the Rehabitable (PRPR).
Mr. Anton Caesar, an official of the Ministry of Social Development told NBC news that the main focus will be on post-release preparation for the participants.
Some of which includes helping them to find job placements, counselling, parenting skills, and therapy, because it is all about getting that individual back on course so that he/she can be accepted back into society.
Mr. Caesar said that the program will be carried out for a period of three years. The first year will mainly deal with training and counselling, while the last two years will be to monitor/evaluate their attitudes and behaviour.
He added that discussions will be held with the Prison Service, with a view towards developing another program, which will cater to the needs of prisoners who have already been released.
The participants in the program include prisoners from both the Belle Isle Correctional Facility and Her Majesty’s Prisons.