Castries, Saint Lucia. March 1, 2016: The Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) in Saint Lucia has been lauded as a great success in providing a “new impetus” for the continued support for juveniles in difficulty with the law.
Minister for Social Transformation, Local Government & Community Empowerment the Honourable Harold Dalsan commended the progress achieved by the JJRP in improving legal framework, building capacity, modernizing processes and improving linkages associated with the Juvenile Justice system in Saint Lucia.
Of particular interest was the increase in support for rehabilitation activities at the Boys Training Center (BTC).
The BTC, which operates under the Ministry of Social Transformation received a substantial contribution of equipment and supplies for vocational skills training through the United States Agency for International Development(USAID) funded project.
As a result the facility is now better placed to groom productive and skilled young men to re-enter society and take their place in the workforce.
USAID Mission Director Mr. Christopher Cushing noted with pride that the deliverables of the JJRP have increased the capacity of the Juvenile Justice sector to capitalize on productive ways of contributing to the economy.
Mr. Cushing also alluded the intention of the USAID to continue its support of juvenile justice reform in the region. He acknowledged the passion and vocation to juveniles exhibited by OECS JJRP Coordinator Mrs. Lyndell Archibald and the multi-sectoral implementing team, observing that their dedication was a catalyst in the accomplishments of the JJRP.
The six Independent Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have embarked upon the creation of harmonized model juvenile justice legislation, regulations and policies to ensure the sustainability of an effective regional Juvenile Justice System.