More resources needed to expand prisoners’ reintegration programme – Prisons Director

first_imgDirector of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels believes that despite several programmes have been conducted to reintegrate prisoners into society, the process is not at the desired level.Director of Prisons,Gladwin SamuelsSpeaking with Guyana Times, Samuels explained that the reintegration programme is progressing as it should with effective training and opportunities being granted to prisoners who will soon be released back into society.As such, he posited that once more resources are provided, the Prison Service can offer more to a larger number of prisoners who fit the criteria for exposure into the relevant programmes.“All of that is happening but it is not happening at the level that it should because our focus is on having staff deployed to the prisons’ locations. But at those out flung areas, Mazaruni, Timehri and so on those are still activities there that persons are involved in. It is going well.”He further stated that some of the prisoners who earn a payment are being allowed to assist their family members in taking care of their necessary expenses.“Come September, a number of those persons who are working would have to assist their children in going back to school. This would be done from them earning some monies while in prison. Which some people on the road are not doing.”Additionally, he stated that the programme will provide the inmates with the necessary skills to find employment when they are released. This is expected to have an impact on them becoming repeat offenders.Last year, the final report of the study of inmates in Guyana was released and showed the rate of recidivism in Guyana is lower than that of many developed countries.He had described the findings as evidence that the local approach to rehabilitation of prisoners is working.“What I am happy about based on the findings submitted, is that while recidivism is something we have been working to reduce in Guyana, this study would have revealed that our recidivism rate is way below many developed countries in the world. This points to the fact that our rehabilitative programmes are serving the purpose in terms of preparing prisoners with life skills that will allow them to better reintegrate into society,” Samuels had said.Further, Samuels at that time had explained that through the survey conducted, the authorities were better informed and policies have been derived to improve the delivery of service [to inmates]. He had also assured that the report’s findings will be meaningfully utilised to develop existing programmes and craft new ones for inmates’ rehabilitation.“The Guyana Prison Service has as one of its main mandates, the rehabilitation of offenders, in order to prepare them for reentry into society. [It] is something that we have been paying attention to despite the fact [that] we recognise the need for us to improve in terms of the number of persons we capture. Efforts are continuously being made in order to do so”, the acting Director of Prisons added.last_img read more

‘Rafa Benitez is in complete control of Newcastle’s transfers’, talkSPORT told

first_img ALTERED 2 He is said to have hamstrung Benitez by forcing a sell-to-buy policy on the ex-Liverpool boss, whereas the Spaniard thought he would originally have around £45million to spend to strengthen ahead of the new season.Ashley and Lee Charnley, the club’s managing director, have been closely involved in Newcastle’s transfer business over the past decade, which is why it has been easy to blame the pair for their lack of signings.However Allardyce, who was Newcastle manager when Ashley bought the club in 2007, believes Benitez has full control over transfers, the first time a Magpies boss has been awarded this freedom since he left St James’ Park in early 2008.“Newcastle are not trying to get rid of Rafa Benitez,” Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, “not at all.“I think what’s happened, in my limited understanding, is that Mike Ashley has always said Rafa can have every penny the club generates, and that he can use that in the transfer market how he sees fit.“So clearly Rafa, for the first time at Newcastle, is in charge of his own recruitment.“I was in charge of my own recruitment at Newcastle, but after that there were always other people in charge of recruitment at Newcastle – not the manager. I think Rafa’s got the say verbatim on what players come in and go out now, which has not been the case before at Newcastle. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker “But he has signed some good players, and I think they won’t struggle as much as they did last season.“I think the season’s worth of experience all the players have had, plus the new recruits, means they’ll be okay. And that is something the Newcastle fans should look forward to.“But what is expected at Newcastle is beyond the real expectation and the reality they can do; they always want that little bit more.”Given the heavy spending of the clubs who finished around Newcastle last season, as well as those who won promotion from the Championship, it is no surprise the St James’ Park faithful are worried about the Magpies’ chances of top flight survival.“I think they’ll be concerned,” Allardyce continued, “because once other clubs go past your spending it makes life difficult for Rafa to do better than he did last season.“Newcastle have been into the transfer market, but when you look at the new clubs who have come up that have exceeded their spending, that will concern Rafa and it will concern the Newcastle fans. Rafa Benitez has total control of transfers at Newcastle, according to former Magpies manager Sam Allardyce.Benitez, the Spaniard, has openly criticised Newcastle owner Mike Ashley this summer, having seen just five players brought to St James’ Park. Many of the club’s fans are worried about the threat of relegation, and the blame over this lack of transfers has been directed at Ashley. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Benitez has spoken out about Newcastle’s lack of signings revealed “You’ll need to use Rafa’s experience to make sure Newcastle stay in the Premier League again, and then try and build again with his very good knowledge of the transfer market. I think that was one of the key elements of Newcastle staying up last year – Rafa’s experience in recruitment.“In the Premier League there is no margin for error now, because of the cost of players fees.” possible standings smart causal BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Most read in Premier League How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings latest Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 predicted Yoshinori Muto became Newcastle’s fifth summer signing on Thursday silverware last_img read more