Prisoners to learn farming as part of their rehabilitation into society

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Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. has announced the intention of the Ministry to expand the engagement of the 4H club in all correctional facilities, where prisoners will learn farming before they are released.

The announcement was made while the Minister was attending the Department of Correctional Services’ (DCS) Exposition and Sports Day during Correctional Services Week 2016.

Minister Charles acknowledged the high quality of work displayed and highlighted the income generating potential of the range of products developed by the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre 4H Club.

The Minister explained, “We have engaged the 4H Club in discussions to replicate the successes observed in St. Catherine across all our institutions, including the agro-processing and designing of packages to make marketable products such as cashew tea, sweet potato chicken coating and green pepper sauce. Today we recognize the talent and potential of our inmates and wards. We must communicate these positive outcomes to Jamaica as we strive to achieve purposeful rehabilitation for successful reintegration.”

The Expo displayed craftsmanship and style in several items available for sale including hand crafted furniture, a four poster bed, night table and bookcases, jewellery, bedding and paintings among other items.

The DCS’ drive for purposeful rehabilitation for successful reintegration is part of the Ministry of National Security’s effort to reduce re-offending, which forms the fifth pillar of the national crime fighting strategy

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