DCS will observe correctional services week starting fro 24 October till 31 October
It will be a sensational event for the Jamaican when the Department of Correctional Services or DCS will be offering an array of services while observing correctional services week starting from 24 October and closing on
Lieutenant Colonel Garfield Prendergast, the acting commissioner of corrections while talking to reporters in a press conference held at the Corporate Area Probation Office located in Kingston stated that for this year DCS will celebrate to make the public more aware of activities and services rendered by the DCS which is not confined with the walls of the prisons.
He went on to say several people when get to hear DCS they immediately connect with the correctional centers- the prisons, they just fail to understand that DCS has different other things to offer barring the custodial side.
He is making it a point for people to participate in the host of activities organized by the department to be held all across Jamaica. .
The theme chosen for the Correctional Services Week is called “Rehabilitation: Changing Lives; Restoring Hope”. On Sunday, 24 October the activities will start with a service held at the St. Catherine, Portmore, Faith Temple New Testament Church of God, from forty five minutes past eight in the morning.
October 25, which is a Monday, has been chosen for internal activities where every juvenile and adult institution will participate while on 26 October, a Tuesday has been termed as the ‘Probation Day’ where the services of DCS at work will be highlighted.
On October 27 there will be sports events where staff of St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre will participate. There will the annual awards diner on 28 October at Kingston Hotel. There will be debate on “Prison should be for rehabilitation rather than punishment” where Kingston College and Wolmer’s High School for Girls will take part on 29 October.
The services will close with the Expo Trade Fair on 30 and 31 October at Devon House.