Antigua and Barbuda is the first country in the region to benefit from an initiative by the Regional Security System (RSS) that is intended to curb the incidence of people becoming repeat prison inmates.
This initiative commenced on Thursday morning with a brief handing over ceremony in which Superintendent of Prisons Albert Wade received equipment donated by the RSS to contribute to technical and vocational training available to inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison.
The donated equipment included six computers, three sewing machines, one serger, one belt sander and one router. The donation was made possible through partnership between the RSS and the European Union under the 10th EDF.
During the presentation ceremony, Brian Roberts, director of Training at RSS, noted that the donation was a first step in the engagement of the RSS with correctional facilities such as Her Majesty’s Prison, to strengthen rehabilitation initiatives.
“In our acknowledgement of the role of recidivism in national security paradigms, in the first instance, we are here today to present to the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda some equipment that we believe can assist in the strengthening of rehabilitation initiatives,” Roberts said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Legal Affairs, Public Safety and Labour, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, highlighted the importance of training and enhancing technical skills in preventing persons from ending up in prison as well as enabling those who do find themselves on the wrong side of the law, to find gainful employment upon leaving a correctional facility.