Inmate Rehabilitation
Minister of State in the Minister of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer (centre), and Superintendent in charge of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, A.D. Brown (left), examine apparel made by inmate at the institution during a tour of the facility. Looking on is Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter

Inmate Rehabilitation

The Government earmarked $168 million in the 2018/19 budget to undertake construction and renovation works at several correctional facilities as well as to acquire vehicles.

• Eight desktop computers were provided to the all-female Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre in St. Catherine to assist inmates preparing for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.

• The reintegration curriculum was relaunched and renovated classrooms opened at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, under the ‘A New Path’ initiative.

• A partnership was established with HEART Trust/ NTA to train and certify inmates and wards in several vocational areas.

• 67 correctional officers, representing the first batch of recruits to undergo polygraph testing, were commissioned.

Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA)

• Cabinet approved US$1.2 million to establish the online passport application facility.

• Architectural designs for the new PICA head office were completed and submitted to the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation for approval to facilitate the project’s commencement.

• PICA received a $9.8 million bus from the Ministry to enhance community outreach.

• The Electronic C5 Immigration and Customs Form, which provides travellers with a flexible, easy and efficient option for completing immigration and customs information, became operational.

• A system to speed up the passport application process was installed in the New York and Miami Missions. 

• Additional automated immigration kiosks were installed at the country’s two international airports.

Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA)

• The FLA discontinued granting permits to individuals to import their own firearms, and directed applicants to consult exclusively with a licensed firearm dealer for purchases.

• A system was developed that will be used by all dealers for ammunition sales.

• The FLA implemented a fingerprinting mechanism for its renewal process called the Morpho RapID System, which is directly connected to the Criminal Records Office database. The machine is able to detect whether a person has been charged or convicted within seconds of receiving the applicant’s fingerprints.

• The FLA successfully upgraded its two BRASS TRAX Machines to HD 3D technology, which enables faster uploading of the ballistic signatures to the FLA system shared with the Forensics Lab.

• The Authority, with the assistance of the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine, successfully cleared its backlog of outstanding ballistics signatures.

• The FLA changed the means of communication with applicants and licensed firearm holders, with applicants receiving automated emails when a decision has been made on their file.

Traffic Ticket Amnesty

• More than $256 million was collected from the second Traffic Ticket Amnesty.

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