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The Department of Correctional Service (DCS) is looking to provide more income-earning opportunities for inmates, to better enable them to take care of their families, while assisting the rehabilitation process.
Commissioner of Corrections, June Spence Jarrett, speaking at a press conference held at DCS’ Corporate Area Probation office on Lockett Avenue, Kingston, said that plans are in place to expand activities particularly in the area of craft, including furniture making, and skills training.
“We have been getting orders from the public and we have been making items of furniture. We want to go into prison industry, this is where we want to go for the next financial year, whereby we can make all these items and we can even sell to the manufacturers,” she stated.
The sale of these items, Mrs. Spence-Jarrett said, will allow the inmates to “take care of their families because most of the families of the inmates are disintegrating.” She noted that a unit has been established to deal specifically with the children of inmates.

Commissioner of Corrections, Department of Correctional Services (DCS), June Spence Jarrett (left) listens to a point from Director of Community Service, DCS, Gile Campbell, during a press conference to launch Correctional Services Week held today, October 23, at the DCS’ Corporate Area Probation office on Lockett Avenue, Kingston. The week is being observed from October 25 to November 1 under the theme: ‘Rehabilitation: An Integrated Approach’.

The unit, which was established on July 1, 2009, provides support for schooling, while addressing social and psychological dilemma.
The DCS will showcase the work of juveniles and adult inmates housed and incarcerated in the island’s approved institutions and correctional centres during Correctional Services Week from October 25 to November 1.
The week, which will held under the theme: ‘Rehabilitation: An Integrated Approach,’ will also recognise the contribution of members of staff to the rehabilitation process, and garner public support for the work being undertaken.
Some of the activities include: a church service at the Deliverance Evangelistic Centre in Kingston on October 25; the annual awards dinner, at the Hilton Hotel on October 27; and a sports day at the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre Sports Club on October 28.

Commissioner of Corrections, Department of Correctional Services (DCS), June Spence Jarrett (left), shares a light moment with Chief Technical Director, Ministry of National Security, Dian McIntosh at a press conference to launch Correctional Services Week today (Oct. 23) at the DCS’ Corporate Area Probation office on Lockett Avenue, Kingston. The week is being observed from October 25 to November 1 under the theme: ‘Rehabilitation: An Integrated Approach’.

An exposition/trade fair to be held at the Devon House Heritage Site from October 29 to November 1; and a debate will be held at the Devon House Heritage Site on October 30.
Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of National Security, Dian McIntosh, noted that the activities seek to promote awareness, while lauding the work which the Department has been undertaking.
“Let us continue to strive towards blending or strengthening the work that you are doing at the Correctional Services Department level and reintegration and rehabilitation of offenders,” she said.

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