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Commissioner of Corrections, Ms. June Spence Jarrett, has announced plans for the construction of another juvenile facility to house female offenders.
She said that while funding for the project has not yet been finalised, the facility will meet international standards.
“We are seeking to establish a female juvenile facility, which will be purpose-built. The facility that we have presently is not built with international standards, we are now trying to see if we have one that can meet international standards,” she said at a press conference held on October 23 at the Department of Correctional Services’ (DCS) Corporate Area Probation office to declare Correctional Services Week 2009.
She noted that the girls to be housed at the facility will be separated based on offences committed. “We want to separate them in terms of offences, because international agreement…dictates that those who are charged for offences and those who are not charged for offences, should not be in the same facility. With only one facility in place, we cannot do that, it is difficult,” she explained.
Announcing other developmental plans, the Commissioner of Corrections informed that an Independent Inspectorate Unit will be established. “This unit will have an oversight, which reports to the Minister,” she added.
Ms. Spence Jarrett also informed that plans “are in high gear” to expand ‘Free FM’ radio to four other correctional institutions.
Aired on the 89.9 frequency, Free FM is situated within the correctional centres, and allows inmates to share their views, and showcase their talent, while learning a skill. The project serves as a means of rehabilitating the inmates.
Correctional Services Week, which started on October 25, will run until November 1. It is being observed under the theme: ‘Rehabilitation: An Integrated Approach.’

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