Barbados: Prison Service embracing change

Barbados Prison Service

Acting Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Michael Lashley, alongside Superintendent of Prisons, Lt. Col. John Nurse, during the Barbados Prison Service’s 10th Anniversary Parade and Award Ceremony at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds yesterday.

Superintendent of Prisons, Lt. Col. John Nurse, says that the role of the prison has shifted from primarily a custodial service, to put more emphasis on the rehabilitation of offenders, and he says the Barbados Prison Service has embraced this change.

He made the comments while addressing those gathered yesterday for the Barbados Prison Service’s 10th Anniversary Parade and Award Ceremony at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, as he spoke to the development of an official within the Prison, trained in a myriad of rehabilitative and social skills.

“The Prison itself now employs enviable levels of Social Science practitioners qualified in a range of precious skills, particularly relevant to the reformative efforts needed within the facility,” he said.

He added, “In our quest to be one, if not the best in the region, we are constantly in the search to identify and utilize ‘what works techniques’ to better serve our communities and to assist in the reduction of crime.”

His comments came as he explained that Barbados, like many of its regional counterparts, has been engaged in the active role of preparing incarcerated offenders for life after prison. He indicated that established within their system is a process where all offenders, on entering prison, undergo a series of initiatives designed to assist in determining the appropriate care and treatment required to ensure a successful re-integration of the offender to his or her community.

Source: Prison Service embracing change | Barbados Advocate

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