Govt to add $500k for Inmate Industries Program

The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services can expect an additional $500,000 for Inmate Industries funded by the Inter-American Development Bank through the Citizen Security and Justice Program, according to National Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday.

The Inmate Industries Program focuses on the production of souvenir products like local straw work, artwork, paintings, carvings and pottery/ceramics to promote entrepreneurship with inmates upon their release.

Dames added that renovations to the prison were completed at a cost of approximately $250,000.

“Renovations at the south block of Maximum Security included cell improvements with the addition of air-conditioning units,” he said at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services’ Annual Church Service at Voice of Deliverance Church.

“The central intake was completely renovated and now houses some 50 inmates enrolled in the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) training program.

“Since the start of the BTVI program in 2018, 290 inmates have graduated from three separate cohorts. The fourth cohort began classes this September. Participants received training in a number of areas including Carpentry, Masonry and Garment Making. These skills have already been utilized in the manufacturing of 32 beds made by the inmates and are being used at central intake.”

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