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Six inmates complete rehabilitative course

Wakima Lettsome receiving his certificate from Superintendent of Prisons David Foote. (Photo credit: GIS/Ronnielle Frazer)

The government said six inmates have become the first cohort of a Skill for Life rehabilitative course at Her Majesty’s Prison.

The inmates received their certificates, having completed the programme accredited through the National Health Service Solutions.

The course covered topics such as Money Management and Budgeting, Family Life, Substance Abuse Awareness, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Understanding Perception, and Personality Trait Identification. A refresher course will be held at the prison every six months.

Inmates who successfully participate in the Skills for Life programme are also offered a special incentive in the form of their certificate.

“[The certificate] not only indicates their completion of the programme, but can also be used as a pass for specific privileges as deemed appropriate by the prison superintendent both within and outside the prison,” said a media release from the Government Information Service.

Coordinator of the Skill for Life programme Walter Barrett expressed hope that the inmates enrolled would have gained added tools not only for life in prison, but more importantly for life upon their release as they reintegrate into society.

Barrett further stated that inmates who were enrolled in the first cohort have exhibited positive behaviours, paving the way for others who will start the second cohort of the programme later this month.

“Challenges will arise for any inmates while incarcerated. But, with the right resources, these challenges can be overcome,” added Barrett.

The Skills for Life course is said to have resulted from significant work done by education minister Myron Walwyn in relation to education and rehabilitation at Her Majesty’s Prison. An educational and vocational programme was also launched to provide inmates with a structured curriculum.

Skills for Life recipients pictured with Superintendent of Prisons and Education and Rehabilitation programme coordinators during the programme’s closing ceremony and presentation of certificates. (Photo credit: GIS/Ronnielle Frazer)

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