More agricultural labour to be put into correctional system
With a central focus on rehabilitation, the Ministry of National Security is spearheading a programme to have persons serving custodial sentences in the correctional system, who will eventually become eligible for parole, benefit from skills training and certification in agricultural production.
The initiative involves a collaboration between the ministry and the HEART Trust/NTA, with technical expertise being provided by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).
The project is slated for initial implementation at the Richmond Farm Adult Correctional Centre in St Mary, which has some 350 acres of land, of which only 10 acres are presently under cultivation.
The Government is hoping that the use of resources within the correctional system will also help to boost the overall agricultural production nationally.
While ‘hard labour’ has been a consistent designation of most custodial sentences within the court system, there has not been sufficient active avenues to effect that labour among the prison population, leaving most inmates doing anything but hard labour for most of their sentences.