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  • Inmates and juveniles in correctional institutions across the island will be showcasing their talents as part of the ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations.
  • Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., told JIS News that the inmates will be making their contributions through music, and other skill areas such as visual and culinary arts.
  • For the Independence celebrations, the adult inmates will be working with former Superintendent at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Gladstone Wright, to produce music pieces in recognition of the Independence milestone.

Inmates and juveniles in correctional institutions across the island will be showcasing their talents as part of the ‘Jamaica 55’ celebrations.

Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., told JIS News that the inmates will be making their contributions through music, and other skill areas such as visual and culinary arts.

He noted that they are excited to be part of the celebrations, because they see the occasion as on opportunity to give back to the country.

“I applaud the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport for its willingness to allow the inmates to showcase their talents and entertain Jamaicans and rebuild hope and trust,” he said.

He said the move is in keeping with Government’s objective to “create space that encourages people’s talents to flourish for our country’s benefit, and inmates in correctional facilities are no different”.

“Prisons have a history of inmates being involved in the arts, and I believe it is an important rehabilitation tool,” Senator Charles Jr. added.

For the Independence celebrations, the adult inmates will be working with former Superintendent at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Gladstone Wright, to produce music pieces in recognition of the Independence milestone.

Senator Charles Jr. explained that Mr. Wright played a critical role in the development of the music programme in the correctional facilities.

“This partnership is expected to provide additional avenues for advancing their rehabilitation while creating pathways for their eventual success in societies,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, the youth offenders will be creating pieces for a competition and expo under the ‘Jamaica 55’ theme ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad’.

He explained that the four juvenile correctional institutions across the island are expected to display talents in areas such as mural design, animation, graphic design, fashion designing/tailoring, craft, the culinary arts, and agricultural science.

The mural design that best captures the theme will be painted in all juvenile institutions as part of efforts to create child-friendly spaces.