Tag: prisoner rehabilitation

Teenage prisoners build their own basketball court

Teenage prisoners build their own basketball court

| 16/10/2017 | 52 Comments
(CNS): A group of young offenders who are currently locked up in the juvenile unit at HMP Northward have started work constructing their own basketball court, which the prison director said was not just about providing a new way for them to exercise but was also an opportunity for the boys to learn [...]

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Inmates helped to see effects of crime

Inmates helped to see effects of crime

| 20/09/2017 | 22 Comments
(CNS): Ten more inmates at HMP Northward have completed a rehabilitation programme known as the Sycamore Tree Project (STP), which is based on the principles of restorative justice and covers topics such as the effects of crime, responsibility, confession, repentance, forgiveness, making amends and [...]

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Prison starts leather workshop

Prison starts leather workshop

| 21/07/2017 | 12 Comments
(CNS): Several inmates at HMP Northward are in the process of learning a new and specialist skill that the director hopes will have the dual effect of rehabilitation for the men and generate some income that the prison will be able to ringfence for the jail’s wider rehab programmes. Experts fr [...]

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Prison rehab project raises hope for change

Prison rehab project raises hope for change

| 05/07/2017 | 18 Comments
(CNS): HMP Northward has one of the highest recidivism rates in the region and the revolving prison door has become a major problem for local authorities. But a new prison-private sector partnership teaching inmates a wide range of construction and workplace skills is already showing signs of real p [...]

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Cayman needs new jail with rehab focus

Cayman needs new jail with rehab focus

| 29/06/2017 | 41 Comments
(CNS): The prison director thinks the time has come for the Cayman Islands to invest in a new prison and provide more intense rehabilitation services as part of the local fight against crime. Well aware that public spending on jails is rarely popular, Neil Lavis said it was obvious that the current [...]

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Prison starts new rehab project

Prison starts new rehab project

| 08/05/2017 | 15 Comments
(CNS): Ten prison inmates are about to start a new pilot rehabilitation project run by HMP Northward in partnership with three local construction firms in which the offenders will learn and hone building skills to help them get out and stay out of jail. Faced with the requirements of the new Condit [...]

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CIG makes plans to take on ex-offenders

CIG makes plans to take on ex-offenders

| 31/05/2016 | 21 Comments
(CNS): The government is working on a new policy that will set out guidelines on employing people with a criminal record. Although the Public Works Department and the Department of Environmental Health have historically employed former offenders, not many other core government departments, companies [...]

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Inmates’ voluntary work part of rehab process

Inmates’ voluntary work part of rehab process

| 15/04/2016 | 8 Comments
(CNS): With the prison now obligated to rehabilitate offenders before they can be released into the community but with no new resources to do so, inmates in the lowest risk category are being encouraged to join external work parties and participate in community projects. As part of this new initiati [...]

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Prisoners focus on victims to face up to crimes

Prisoners focus on victims to face up to crimes

| 05/04/2016 | 8 Comments
(CNS): A new initiative towards the rehabilitation of inmates at HMP Northward encourages them to face up to their crimes by interacting with their victims. Based on The Sycamore Tree project in the UK run by Prison Fellowship, a faith-based organisation, the programme within HM Cayman Islands Priso [...]

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Halfway house needs help from community

Halfway house needs help from community

| 07/10/2015 | 11 Comments
(CNS): The Bridge Foundation, which helps men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, is seeking support from the community to continue with its work. Residents of the facilities are referred to the charity from the Parole Board, Probation, Drug Court, Caribbean Haven or the Counsellin [...]

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Criminal punishment

Criminal punishment

| 31/07/2015 | 38 Comments
Cay Islander writes: I glanced at the Cayman Islands budget today and was surprised at the cost of criminal punishment. Our 200 prisoners cost us about $10.7M each year. That works out to $55K each! Then we spend another $6.5M on probation services. Clearly this is not something that we can sustain [...]

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