Inmates, youth offenders to help 'Jamaica 55' celebrations

June 12, 2017
Pearnel Charles Jnr

Inmates and juveniles in correctional institutions across the island will be showcasing their talent as part of the 'Jamaica 55' celebrations.

State minister for national security Pearnel Charles Jr says the inmates will be making their contributions through music, and other skill areas such as visual and culinary arts.

He said that the move is in keeping with the Government's objective to "create space that encourages people's talents to flourish for our country's benefit, and inmates in correctional facilities are no different".

"Prisons have a history of inmates being involved in the arts, and I believe it is an important rehabilitation tool," Charles Jr. added.

For the Independence celebrations, the adult inmates will be working with former superintendent at the Department of Correctional Services Gladstone Wright to produce music pieces in recognition of the Independence milestone.

The youth offenders will be creating pieces for a competition and expo under the 'Jamaica 55' theme, 'Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad'.

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