State Minister Hon. Pearnel Charles Jnr. Believes Inmates Can Make Contribution to Society

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

State Minister of National Security, Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jnr., is appealing to Jamaicans to not see inmates as castaways but as meaningful contributors to society.

Mr Charles who was speaking at the Launch of the Direct Result of Inmates’ Value and Empowerment (DRIVE) Programme at St. Michael’s Primary School on Thursday February 13, 2018, applauded inmates for the work they do through the DRIVE programme. As part of the launch the Minister handed over 16 desk and chairs combos to the St. Michael’s Primary School which he emphasized was the result of inmates’ hard work. “It is important particularly for persons who have been labelled and stereotyped as castaways in our society to know that no man is casted away. Every man can contribute and our inmates recognize that they have made a mistake but they are adamant that with work and cooperation of our officers they want to contribute to building a better Jamaica.”

Senator Charles also lauded the exceptional work of the correctional officers who aid in the rehabilitation of the inmates.

Superintendent at the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre Mr Herbert McFarlane, in his remarks, pointed out that the DRIVE programme built on the existing engagement of inmates in furniture making, bushing and cleaning of roadways and maintenance of public buildings and spaces.

The DRIVE programme of which Richmond Farm and Tamarind Farm Correctional Centres are participants, provide opportunities for inmates to give back to society.