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  • A total of $3 million has been allocated to the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Local Offender and Deported Persons Programme, to complete outstanding payment activities.
  • For this fiscal year, the money will be used to complete payment for activities in the 2015/16 financial year, including support for investigators responsible for investigating the circumstances of deported migrants.
  • The programme, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, began in November 2008, and following a number of extensions, is now scheduled to end in July 2016.

A total of $3 million has been allocated to the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Local Offender and Deported Persons Programme, to complete outstanding payment activities.

As outlined in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the programme seeks to: reduce the rate of re-offending among local offenders and deportees; improve the rehabilitation and reintegration of deportees and offenders in Jamaica; and establish emergency safety nets to receive deportees immediately on their return to the country.

It is also expected to provide services throughout Jamaica to help the reintegration of deportees and local offenders; contribute to the strengthening of the Jamaican government’s policy framework through collaborations between government departments and civil society.

For this fiscal year, the money will be used to complete payment for activities in the 2015/16 financial year, including support for investigators responsible for investigating the circumstances of deported migrants.

Up to December 2015, some of the achievements include: implementation of rehabilitative activities for local offenders under the Courtney Walsh Foundation and Springboard initiatives based in the Department of Correctional Services; additional support towards Open Arms Charitable Mission (St. James) and the Portland Rehabilitation Management to expand income generation initiatives for deported migrants and ex-offenders; and completion of renovation works at Open Arms for establishment of an administrative and counselling space, as well as computer laboratory and skills training area.

The programme, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, began in November 2008, and following a number of extensions, is now scheduled to end in July 2016.