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Joachim Henry disclose plans for new juvenile detention centre

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Saint Lucia: Joachim Henry, the Minister for Equity, Justice, and Social Empowerment of Saint Lucia, hints about the plans of the government for a unique juvenile detention centre for the nation in his recent public appearance.

The statement was made by the minister during his visit to the former George Charles Secondary School building a few days ago, which is situated in the locality of Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia. There he mentioned that the government is looking to transform the place into a juvenile detention centre.

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Minister Joachim Henry expressed his views on the project which is intended to be the finest juvenile detention centre, specifically in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. He said, “This site will become the best, the most novel, responsive juvenile centre in the region of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.”

In his words, he said that the plan of the government is to use the new premises for the Massade, Gros Islet-based Boys Training Centre. The minister said that the focus of the institute is predesignated to overcome the problems currently faced by the authorities, including wards absconding.

The purpose of the Boys Training Centre was always to ensure the security, safety, and rehabilitation of the young boys who are vulnerable by providing them proper care. The purpose of the institute is seen to be disturbed due to multiple factors in the past few times for which the new changes are under the plans.

Minster Joachim Henry said in his statement that the government is looking to fix the issues faced in the past and still going on, but that will not be repeated in the future with the new juvenile centre of Saint Lucia.

Minster Joachim Henry highlighted key factors in his statement and said, “For the staff, we also have sleeping quarters for if they have a double shift. Also, we have space to accommodate those who are in conflict with the law, if the committee decides that we have to maintain them because the law does not allow them to go to Correctional Facility.”

With this Joachim Henry also mentioned about the better facilities that will be provided for the young children in the new facility that will help in serving them better and provide suitable conditions. The youngsters will also be secure in the place and will be kept protected.

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