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Correctional Services Week was officially launched today at the offices of the Department of Correctional Services, in downtown Kingston, with Commissioner of Corrections, Major Richard Reese noting that this year marked 30 years since the amalgamation of three entities – the prisons, probation services and approved schools.
The week will be observed from Sunday, October, 23 to Saturday, October 29.
Commenting on the strides made over the past three decades, Major Reese said that, “there remains a number of significant challenges that face us. but focusing on the positive aspects, a significant amount of effort has been placed in terms of our capacity building for our staff and in terms of our operational management”.
Turning to the activities planned for Correctional Services Week, Major Reese said they would commence with a church service on Sunday, October 23 at the Boulevard Baptist Church on Washington Boulevard. On Tuesday, October 25, a sports day will be held at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, while an exhibition will be staged from Thursday, October 27 to Saturday, October 29 at Carter Hall, at the Holy Cross Church in Half-Way-Tree.
He noted that the exhibition would be accompanied by special features, beginning with a debate on Friday, October 28, at 11:00 a.m. between Ardenne and Glenmuir High Schools, on the moot: ‘Violence in schools is a contributing factor to Juvenile Delinquency’.
Later that day, at 3:00 p.m., Public Defender, Howard Hamilton, Q.C., will moderate a panel discussion on the topic, ‘Alternatives to Imprisonment’.
Special features at Saturday’s exhibition at the Holy Cross Church, he added, would include a health fair at 10:00 a.m., and a cultural concert at 3:00 p.m. The concert, Major Reese said, would feature members of staff of the Correctional Services, who would be showcasing their talents in various art forms.
In addition to these celebrations, on Friday, November 4, the annual awards dinner will be held to honour 150 members of staff, for long and dedicated service to the Department of Correctional Services. The event will take place at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.