Bajans not giving ex-cons a chance
THE-LOCK-UP-and-throw-away-the-key mentality of many Barbadians is crippling opportunities for reintegrating former inmates into society, rehabilitation campaigners say.
Chairman of the Barbados Prison Fellowship, Win Callender, said that while the correctional facility at HMP Dodds offered various programmes such as art and agriculture, they were insufficient for achieving real social reintegration.
Consequently, he called for the introduction of “formal work programmes”. He told the SUNDAY SUN: “There are not enough avenues available in our [penal] system up to this point to help prisoners reintegrate. There is a reintegration unit at Dodds, [but it] still has a long way to go – but it’s a start.
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