Prisoners Sharpen Skills

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Published: May 18, 2017 2:14 pm AST
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Six inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison are the first cohort of a Skill for Life rehabilitative course, after receiving their certificates upon completion of the programme. According to the Ministry of Education and Culture, the programme is accredited through the National Health Service Solutions.

Programme Coordinator, Mr. Walter Barrett said the course covered topics such as Money Management and Budgeting, Family Life, Substance Abuse Awareness, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Understanding Perception, and Personality Trait Identification.

Mr. Barrett said, “At the end of the course, it is hoped that inmates enrolled in the programme would have gained added tools, not only for life in prison, but more importantly, for life upon their release as they reintegrate into society.”

He added that the inmates enrolled in the first cohort of the Skills for Life class have exhibited positive behaviour, paving the way for others who will be starting the second cohort of the programme later this month.

He said, “Challenges will arise for any inmates while incarcerated, but with the right resources, these challenges can be overcome.”

The Ministry stated that the Skills for Life course teaches inmates how to navigate life’s various challenges and was created to nurture each participant though their sentence, evaluate their progress and offer whatever additional resources may be needed to further develop their cognitive skills and behaviour in a meaningful way. A refresher course will be held at the prison every six months.

Inmates who successfully participate in the Skills for Life programme are also offered a special incentive to take hold of the tools they receive from the course. This incentive comes in the form of their certificate, which not only indicates their completion of the programme, but can also be used as a pass for specific privileges as deemed appropriate by the Prison Superintendent, both within and outside the prison.

An educational and vocational programme was also launched at the prison to provide inmates at the prison with a structured curriculum.
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