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Education of Juvenile Offenders Critical in Breaking Cycle of Crime -– Terrelonge

Friday 14th of June 2019 | Amérique Centrale et Caraïbe, Jamaïque
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State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says the Ministry stands ready to support all efforts aimed at advancing the education of youngsters, ages 12 to 18, who are in custody at correctional institutions.

He said that such engagement is necessary in preventing the juvenile offenders from falling back into the cycle of crime and deviant behaviour, by ensuring that “when they leave the correctional facilities, they are able to better function as law-abiding citizens in productive areas”.

The State Minister was speaking at a Department of Correctional Services (DCS) appreciation luncheon for teachers and instructors attached to adult and juvenile penal institutions, held recently at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew.

Mr. Terrelonge said recent studies indicate that globally, young people, ages 14 to 24, are responsible for a significant percentage of crimes.

He noted that these juvenile offenders, who are primarily boys, “would have also been exposed to violence and reproduced violent behaviour from an earlier age, usually at home or within their communities”.

Mr. Terrelonge noted that several of them display a willingness to change their ways, especially if they are so engaged.

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