The State of National Security in Jamaica with Sen. Pearnel Charles, Jr
CaribNation Inteview – Hosted by Ambassador Curtis A. Ward
(15 Sept. 2017) — I had the opportunity to sit down with the Hon. Senator Pearnel Charles, Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica to explore the state of national security in Jamaica, in particular his areas of responsibilities. Sen. Charles has some very interesting ideas in terms of rehabilitation and reintegration of incarcerated individuals. Of major importance are the programs he is implementing with regard to offenders, in particular incarcerated juveniles. The programs elucidated by Minister Charles focus on providing them with life skills to reduce the rate of recidivism. He also brings together other ministries and agencies of government, as well as the private sector to create an all-in approach to rehabilitation and reintegration. The Minister calls on the Jamaican diaspora to assist in his programs. Any one with an interest in crime and security in Jamaica and what is being done, or should be done to remedy this problem will find this conversation with Minister Charles to be quite interesting and encouraging.
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