Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has described as ‘sad’ the detention of minors at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) days after a concerned citizen expressed disquiet over a fourteen-year-old male who was there in connection with a robbery.
“That is sad, and I think the Ministry of Home Affairs is looking into it. But that’s sad, very, very concerning,” Pierre said on Tuesday when reporters raised the issue on the sidelines of a House of Assembly meeting.
An official of the BCF defended the juvenile’s detention, asserting that the institution could not defy a court order.
And the official explained that the BCF keeps juveniles in a separate block away from the general inmate population and protects the youngsters.
The official’s disclosure came in response to concerns that the authorities are failing the young people and becoming accomplices in turning juveniles into hard-core criminals.
The Saint Lucia cabinet has approved the George Charles Secondary School site for a juvenile centre.
Minister for Equity, Social Justice, and Empowerment Joachim Henry Henry said he was discussing funding for the proposed facility with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Henry also revealed that early next month, he would visit a juvenile centre in Grenada where the authorities repurposed a school.
“I heard that it is a good juvenile centre,” he told reporters.
The elephant in the room. What has happened to the parent(s)?
This is very sad,as for mine and others ❗
How long will the simple ones love your simple ways ❓
Hear,O nations ! St Lucians 🇱🇨 !
The LORD our God, the LORD is One. Love ❤️ the LORD your God with all your ❤️ heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
These commandments, that I give to today are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them on your children.
Talkie about them when you sit at home and when you walkie along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your head. Write them on the doorframe of your house and on your gates
In the future, when your son ask you, what is the meaning of stipulations decrees and laws of the LORD our God has commanded to you ?”
Tell him “we were slaves of Pharaoh’s in Égypte, but the LORD brought us out of Egypte with an out streatch arm (a mighty hand …….
Know, therefore that the LORD your God,he is the faithful God.
Keeping his covenant of love ❤️to a thousand generations of those who love ❤️ him and keep his commandments……