Final Year of UK/Jamaica Deportees Project


Just over $129 million has been earmarked for the reintegration of deportees from the United Kingdom (UK), and the rehabilitation of persons incarcerated by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in the 2010/11 Budget.
The project, the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Local Offenders and Deported Persons programme, is designed to significantly improve the reintegration of Jamaican nationals who have been deported from the United Kingdom after completing prison sentences, as well as to build the capacity of the DCS to rehabilitate inmates.
Its objectives include changing the management programme designed and implemented by the DCS; improve supervision of offenders; enhance use of service orders; and improve DCS custodial and non-custodial facilities for rehabilitation.
Funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (BFCO), to the tune of three million pounds (sterling), it was implemented by the Ministry of National Security in November, 2008 and ends in March 2011.
For this fiscal year, the physical targets of the initiative involves refurbishing the facilities of the Salvation Army and Community Group Homes, for the short term accommodation of deported males; renovating the facilities of Open Arms, for the longer term accommodation of deported males; provide support to Hibiscus, National Council on Drug Abuse and Hush the Guns; and the construction of a reception facility at the Tower Street Correctional Centre.
The programme also aims to provide support service to the Jamaica Reducing Re-Offending Action Plan; develop a comprehensive deportee database; and establish the projected sub-investment projects for the Bellevue Hospital and Correctional Services Production Company.
Some of the targets achieved since February 2010 include the archiving of old records, to enable the efficient verification of deported persons; completed construction of the Twickenham Park Tactical Unit; implementation of reception and short term housing services for deported persons, at community group homes; and the work of the Open Arms Drop In Centre to facilitate the rehabilitation of male deportees suffering from mental illnesses.

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