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Sentence Management Board Established by Ministry of Home Affairs

A sentence management board was established by the Ministry of Home Affairs Tuesday, paving the way for more persons who complete their prison sentences to be reintegrated into society. The Sentence Management Board includes civilian membership.

Director of the Guyana Prisons Service Dale Erskine said that before the establishment of the board, it was up to the officer in charge to make decisions about how the prisoner spends his time in prison, such as what rehabilitation programmes he could join.

Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee stated that it took a while to develop the terms of reference for the Board since there is a large number of persons serving prison sentences ranging from 6 months to 20 years.

Rohee said he does not believe that a prison should be a place just for the condemned but should also have provisions in place for the reintegration of prisoners into society.

The members sitting on the Sentence Management Board are made up of individuals from the Guyana Prison Service, Private sector, Home Affairs and Human services ministries.

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