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The State of National Security in Jamaica with Sen. Pearnel Charles, Jr

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The State of National Security in Jamaica with Sen. Pearnel Charles, Jr

CaribNation Inteview – Hosted by Ambassador Curtis A. Ward

Ambassador Curtis Ward & Sen. Hon. Pearnel Charles, Jr.

Ambassador Curtis Ward & Sen. Hon. Pearnel Charles, Jr.

(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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Ambassador Curtis A. Ward

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward is a former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations with Special Responsibility for Security Council Affairs (1999-2002) serving on the UN Security Council for two years. He served three years as Expert Adviser to the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. He is an Attorney-at-Law and International Consultant with extensive knowledge and experience in national and international legal and policy frameworks for effective implementation of United Nations (UN) and other international anti-terrorism mandates; the legal and administrative requirements to effectively implement and enforce anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT); extensive knowledge of the legal and regulatory requirements for effective implementation and enforcement of United Nations multilateral and U.S.-imposed unilateral sanctions; and the imperatives for Rule of Law and governance.

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