Capacity Building and Rehabilitation Among Priorities for New Commissioner of Corrections
Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 30, 2019 (RSCNPF): Building the capacity of his staff and the rehabilitation of residents at Her Majesty’s Prison top the list priorities for the recently appointed Commissioner of Corrections, Terrance James.
Commissioner James disclosed his plans to further develop those areas on a recent edition of ‘Policing With You’ which airs on Thursdays on ZIZ Radio.
He explained that training for the Officers at Her Majesty’s Prison had always been taking place, however, he intends to give the matter additional attention.
“I’m sure a lot of people didn’t know that Prison Officers travel as far as Colorado to do training and Virginia in the United States. Just recently we had some officers going off to Barbados at Dodds Correctional Facility…This is a new prison Barbados built and so we are sending Prison Officers there to see how a much larger prison operates,” Commissioner James explained.
He added that he would also be traveling to Barbados shortly to gain some experience on how to manage such a large institution.
Where residents were concerned, he stated that over the years the prison had developed a good academic programme which he expects to further advance. This year, residents at the prisons sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations in January and obtained eight passes out of 13 entries. Similarly, there were 19 entries for the June Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) of which there were 13 passes.
The Commissioner announced that starting in September, residents would be allowed to take classes in three disciplines at the Advanced Vocational Education Center (AVEC). These disciplines are Automotive Repair, Welding and General Construction.
“I have already touched base with the Director of AVEC and he has assured us that come September, with the opening of the new school term, he has offered us three disciplines…so we are already trying to get the inmates interested in these disciplines areas to start the classes come September.”
He also listed the revision of legislation governing the prison system, restructuring the ranks, promotions and revisiting the staff appraisal system as other areas of focus.