Monday 24 February, 2020

Canada working with T&T on prison reform

From L to R: Political and Public Affairs Counsellor, Pamela Greenwell; Advisor to the Commissioner, Correctional Services Canada Mike Ryan; Attorney General Faris Al Rawi; High Commissioner for Canada Kumar Gupta; Acting Commissioner of Prisons Dane Clarke; Nirana Parsan

From L to R: Political and Public Affairs Counsellor, Pamela Greenwell; Advisor to the Commissioner, Correctional Services Canada Mike Ryan; Attorney General Faris Al Rawi; High Commissioner for Canada Kumar Gupta; Acting Commissioner of Prisons Dane Clarke; Nirana Parsan

Canada’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Kumar Gupta, led a week-long visit to the country, accompanied by the advisor to the Commissioner of Correctional Service of Canada, Michael Ryan.

The visit is an attempt to bolster cooperation between both countries on prison reform.

It came on the heels of High Commissioner Gupta’s presentation of credentials to President Paula-Mae Weekes.

Activities during the week included meetings with National Security Minister, Stuart Young; the Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi; Police Commissioner Gary Griffith; and Acting Prisons Commissioner Dane Clarke.

The Prison Service continues to actively engage with Correctional Service Canada (CSC) under a Charter of Commitments signed in October 2017. CSC and TT Prisons are working together towards the transition from a punitive model to a rehabilitation model.

Progress on the work done under the Charter includes senior management of TT Prisons visiting facilities in Canada to observe and learn best practices of corrections management. The CSC has also identified areas where members of the TT senior prisons management can get further training

Going forward, there are plans to undertake on-the-ground training for programme and parole officers, in anticipation of the tabling of legislation for the introduction of a system of parole - with the objective of moving towards the rehabilitation of inmates and increasing public safety for all citizens of T&T.

 

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