Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Rudyard Spencer says the journey of transforming Correctional Centres is challenging. However, he is heartened by what he sees.
Speaking at the Ministry of National Security and Department of Correctional Services Board of Visitors Orientation and Training Session in Runaway Bay, St. Ann on Wednesday, November 7, 2019, Minister Spencer said Correctional Officers are fully charged and ready to take on the challenges.
The Minister encouraged the Board of Visitors BOV, members to aid in the rehabilitation of the lives of inmates and children. Mr. Spencer charged the BOV with the responsibility of ensuring proper care and the reporting of the care of inmates and children.
Also speaking at the orientation Commissioner of Corrections Lt. Col. (Retired) Gary Rowe told the BOV that they have been empowered and will not get any push back when they carry out their duties. The Commissioner noted that they have a direct line to Superintendents. He said that within 24 months 60 percent of new admissions will return to society. Lt. Col. (Retired) Rowe said the Board of Visitors are critical to the success of the DCS providing opportunities for those in our care.
The Department of Correctional Services has eleven Board of Visitors charged with the responsibility for overseeing the care offered and conditions of the Correctional facilities. They are required to make reports to the Minister with responsibility for the DCS and have the power to make unannounced visits and inspections at the Centres.