JIS News

A focus on rehabilitation will form part of the observance of Correctional Services Week which runs from October 27 to November 3 and which this year has the theme, “Do Justly.Love Mercy.Walk Humbly”.
One of the highlights of the Week will be the staging of an exposition and trade show at the Devon House Heritage Site featuring items produced in the juvenile and adult correctional institutions across the island.
Some of the items which will be on display are wooden and metal furniture, bed linen and crotchet pieces.
The exposition will run from November 1-3.In an interview with the Jamaica Information Service(JIS) on Friday, October 26, when the Week was launched, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Arthur Williams, said that the Correctional Services can play an important role in reducing crime and violence. He made the point that prisons were not just institutions for punishment, but also centres for rehabilitation.
This was why, he said, the exposition of products by inmates was important, as it will demonstrate the creativity and skill of the inmates and why there is the need to maximize their potential while in incarceration.
Speaking at the launch of the Week at the Corporate Area Probation Office, Deputy Commissioner for Human Resource Management and Probation Service, Aileen Wolfe Stephens, announced that 96 employees of the Department of Correctional Services would receive honours for years of service. The awards function will be held at the Hilton Kingston Hotel on November 1.
An award will also be presented to the most outstanding Probation after-care Office or Institution. In addition, someone will walk away with the coveted Commissioner’s Award for most outstanding staff member. The awardees will be serenaded by Lenya Wilks, the fourth place winner of the Digicel Rising Stars 2007 series, as well as staff members, Sophia Spence and Allan Haye. The activities for the Week began with a Church Service at the Portmore Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bridgeport, St. Catherine on Saturday, October 27. On Tuesday, October 30, inmates at the Tower Street and Fort Augusta Correctional Institutions will be treated to a fun day, while the children at the Juvenile Institutions will have a Family Day. A Gospel Concert dubbed Mega Praise will climax the week of activities on Saturday, November 3, at the Prison Oval in Spanish Town. The concert is being staged in association with the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh Day Adventists’ Prison Ministry and will feature artistes such as Joan Flemmings, Sandra Brooks and the Kencot Youth Choir. . Proceeds from the sale of tickets to the concert will go toward meeting expenses at the medical facility at the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Facility as well as toward the facility’s Skills Training Programme.