The Ministry of National Security’s newly constituted board, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee, will be chaired by former Commissioner of Police Paul Farquharson, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames announced yesterday.
The board is one of several under the ministry, and will help with the expungement of criminal records for former convicts.
“For years, having served their sentences, ex-convicts continue to be discriminated against in our wider society,” Dames said at police headquarters.
“This committee is mandated to review records and is empowered to make recommendations for the expungement of those records of ex-convicts meeting their criteria set out by law.”
Dames said the board’s members include a number of other community leaders as well as a representative from the Department of Social Services.
“There are a total of eight boards, one newly instituted,” he said.
“Two are reconstituted, and five previously existed. They bolster the efforts of the Ministry of National Security in service to the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”
The Aid to Discharged Prisoners, which helps former prisoners with access to housing, counseling and other assistance and support, is one of the reconstituted boards. The other is the Police Complaints Inspectorate, which “reviews the investigations and determinations of any complaint by the Complaints and Corruption Branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force” to ensure they are conducted without bias.
Dames said the other boards are: the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, the Correctional Services Board, the Defence Commission Board and the Police Service Board.