Sunday 31 May, 2020

Tower Street inmates, family members feted by Kingston Lay Magistrates

The Lay Magistrates of Kingston held their Chritmas Family Day for the inmates of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre on Thursday, with a number of spouses and children getting the opportunity to interact with their incarcerated family members.

The all-day event was full of activities, geared mainly for the kids, with a number of gospel artistes performing. It was set up to take care of the health and wellness of family members of the incarcerated individuals.

A number of state agencies and departments, as well as charities such as the Red Cross, were present to provide services such as HIV testings, blood sugar tests and blood pressure tests.
The children were able to get their face painted, play in bounce-abouts and make cards to give to their incarcerated family members. There were also other fun activities for the children, some of which involved prize winning.
Lubert Levy and his children, Levy's Heritage were among the gospel acts that enriched the gathering with their presentations.
Closed off from the public and media's viewing, the children and other family members, in batches and in an orderly procession, walked the short distance from the activities to another facility, where they got the opportunity to interact with their incarcerated family members.
They expressed joy at being able to touch and talk to the locked up individuals. Ten-year-old Jordan Brown said about seeing his father, "I feel good. I haven't seen him since I was five. I hugged him and talked to him. It was wonderful."
The Lay Magistrates have held the treat for six consecutive years. The latest treat attracted a number of sponsors from Corporate Jamaica.

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