Boxing to help rehabilitate prisoners?

The Saint Lucia Boxing Association (SLBA) wants to introduce boxing at Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), to help rehabilitate inmates there.

SLBA President, David ‘Shakes’ Christopher told the Times that there are a lot of young men at the BCF.

“We know that we can create better citizens and champions out of that system,” Christopher said.

The SLBA President observed that in Guyana, a number of boxers have come out of the Republican Gym which is inside the prison.

He disclosed plans to open  gyms at the BCF and the Boys Training Centre at Massade to work with young citizens who have encountered problems with the law in an effort to  help rehabilitate them.

“Boxing is a disciplined sport which helps people to build confidence,” Christopher told the Times.

He said if young persons are enrolled in a boxing programme, they can learn to be disciplined and confident.

“Stepping into a ring, you have to be confident – so I think it is a good tool to help create better citizens and even champions,” Christopher said.

Christopher added:

“Boxing is hands in gloves – it is not violence. Boxing is an international Olympic sport that teaches them to harness their energy in the right direction and  occupy their spare time, a lot of idle time, in prison.”



  1. Sylvian
    January 26, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Don’t know about creating “champions”, but maybe it’s a good thing for them to do while incarcerated. As long as they don’t use those “skills” for the wrong when they are released.

  2. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    That’s the worst idea ever! Why can’t we teach them other skills?

  3. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Boxing is one of the most dangerous martial arts. We do not want to be giving criminals additional weapons to terrorise people.

  4. Courtney
    January 26, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Totally bad idea!!!!
    Bring other useful skills

  5. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    you all are wrong
    when a young person is in jail, his life is not finished, we will have to do something with him after, sometimes they can be more violent than before
    so it’s very important to build new citizens during that périod and prepare them for a new life, boxing is a sport
    to control our violence, to express ourself without heurting
    anybody, if you don’t know this sport, go to the gym and you will discover how important it is for violents people
    in france, the french government agree about it , you can be paid to teach prisoners and learn them to respect life

  6. David christopher
    January 27, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Please check the History of what boxing did for Prisioners around the world champions camr out of juveniles centers and prisions so you all are wrong to thins that wrong

  7. Anonymous
    January 27, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Boxing?! How about computer programming or other useful skills they can use in society. How many of these young men will come out of prison and go on to be champions? Yet, all of them will need employment to survive in the outside world.

  8. Anonymous
    January 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    As A martial artist myself I can clearly say that this idea is incredibly dumb,It will make things much more difficult especially for corrections officers and personal.Also what when these guys decide to hone their skills on each other,what then?.Bad idea no boxing.We need greater minds[thinkers] not pugilists.

  9. Anonymous
    April 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    this is wrong decision for inmates at bcf