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  • A total of $14 million will be spent for the rehabilitation and reintegration of local offenders and deported persons, this fiscal year.
  • The programme aims to reduce the rate of re-offending among local offenders and deportees.
  • Achievements under the project, as of March 2014, include the successful review of the Jamaica Reducing Re-offending Action Plan (JRRAP) Phase I.

A total of $14 million will be spent for the rehabilitation and reintegration of local offenders and deported persons, this fiscal year.

This is outlined in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on April 3.

The programme, which commenced in November 2008 and has been extended until March 2015, aims to reduce the rate of re-offending among local offenders and deportees, as well as establish emergency safety nets to receive deportees immediately on their return to Jamaica.

Achievements under the project, as of March 2014, include the successful review of the Jamaica Reducing Re-offending Action Plan (JRRAP) Phase I; the construction of a central kitchen for the Open-Arms facility; and the signing of a contract for the renovation and refurbishing of facilities in Portland that provide integration services to both male and female deported migrants.

Other successes include the hosting of a 12-week cricket training course to groups of 22 wards and inmates of the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre, Tamarind Farm Correctional Centre, Hill Top Juvenile Correction Centre and the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre; the training of 64 staff members to equip them with the skills to sustain the programme; and renovation of the Marie Atkins Drop-In Centre in Kingston.