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  • State Minister in the National Security Ministry, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. says best practices from the juvenile justice system in Chile are to be explored in local juvenile facilities.
  • Senator Charles Jr. noted that the visit will enable the correctional officers who participated to impart best practices to their colleagues, particularly on how to treat with children who come into contact with the law.
  • For his part, Office Director for the Office of Citizen Security at USAID, Andrew Colborn, also said his agency was proud to collaborate on this initiative.

State Minister in the National Security Ministry, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. says best practices from the juvenile justice system in Chile are to be explored in local juvenile facilities.

The Senator led a one-week delegation to Santiago de Chile from June 9-13, to observe the Chilean juvenile justice system in order to enhance the operations of correctional facilities in Jamaica.

Senator Charles Jr. indicated that his Ministry will be enhancing the teaching and learning process of juveniles by implementing a ‘learning by doing’ concept.

“In Chile, we observed that the children/adolescents of the juvenile justice system learned in a particular manner and through information technology techniques, made useful items such as identification cards for university students,” he said.

“This approach is useful as they can leverage this experience for future income generation,” he noted, while addressing a press conference at his Oxford Road office in Kingston on June 21.

The visit was facilitated under the second phase of a trilateral initiative involving the Governments of Jamaica, Chile and the United States. Phase one began in November last year.

The initiative is part of the project called ‘A New Path: Promoting a Healthy Environment and Productive Alternatives for Juvenile Remandees and Offenders in Jamaica’.

Senator Charles Jr. noted that the visit will enable the correctional officers who participated to impart best practices to their colleagues, particularly on how to treat with children who come into contact with the law.

He hailed the partnerships with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization of American States (OAS), which provided funding for the visit.

The State Minister said the collaboration will be extended with some correctional officers to learn Spanish. Bilateral relations between Chile and Jamaica in the areas of juvenile justice and national security protocols will also be strengthened.

Meanwhile, Chilean Consul, Maximiliano Jara, noted that Chile is proud to collaborate with Jamaica and other partners to improve the lives of juveniles in correctional facilities.

He noted that the collaboration has provided for the training of more than 40 guards at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre in the care of minors over the last year.

For his part, Office Director for the Office of Citizen Security at USAID, Andrew Colborn, also said his agency was proud to collaborate on this initiative.

“We at the USAID are pleased to continue this cooperation and explore future ways of supporting new initiatives through this partnership,” he noted.