Regional luminaries and policymakers are gathering for a meeting of the minds in St. Kitts & Nevis this week to discuss prison reform. The Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean or IMPACT Justice Project is leading the discussion with a symposium, which starts tomorrow. Dale McDougall is attending the event and has the preview.
Dale McDougall, Love FM News: The Impact Justice Program is hosting a symposium on prison reform here in St. Kitts and Nevis. The two day event which kicks off on Tuesday, July 5, will be declared open by the project’s regional director, Professor Velma Newton of the University of the West Indies. The event will see presentations from a wide array of contributors including the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Maria Del Carmen Lopez. She is presenting a country report on current conditions at the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville and will discuss some proposed reforms. Lopez will also be tasked to discuss a raft of issues including programmes that are available for inmates at the facility, their health and nutrition while in custody, programmes for inmates after they serve time and are reintegrated into the society, and ways to improve the system generally. Belize is among one of ten countries in the Caribbean region that will be making contributions to the symposium. There will also be discussions on how prosecutors view the prison system and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted prison systems across the region. Justice Jacob Wit of the Caribbean Court of Justice is among the distinguished presenters. The Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean or IMPACT Justice Project is an eight year programme implemented from within the Caribbean Law Institute Center, Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies in Cavehill, Barbados and funding comes from the Canadian government. It is designed to improve access to justice to everyone in 13 CARICOM states including Belize. From Frigate Bay in St. Kitts and Nevis, I’m Dale McDougall, reporting for Love News.
We will have more reports from the symposium in tomorrow night’s news.