A Church Service will be held at the High Court Yard this morning, to signal the start of a week of activities organized by the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Prison Service, under the theme: Holding Hands, Changing Lives for Re-integration.

The activities are being held as the Prison Administration continues with its ongoing effort to rehabilitate Offenders and reduce crime.

The programme is being held from the 9th to 16th December, and would also include, Community Outreach, Public Speaking for Inmates, a Family Day; a Sports Day; Exhibition and Concert.

Today’s Church Service will be conducted by the Kingstown Baptist Church, and is open to the public.

The Community Outreach Programme is planned for tomorrow Monday December 10th,and is designed to aid in crime reduction by having inmates going out into the various Communities and talking with people on the blocks, standing at the roadsides and other places.

The Public Speaking Competition will be held on the Compound of Her Majesty’s Prisons from 9.30am on Tuesday December 11th.  The participants will speak for eight minutes on the topic:  Crime: Its Causes and Solutions, as well as a two-minute impromptu presentation.

The Inmates Family Day will be held on the compound of Her Majesty’s Prisons in Kingstown and at the Belle Isle Correctional Facility on Wednesday 12th from 9.00 am. On this day inmates will be able to spend a half hour with their family under tents and share a meal. This would be done in a family setting.

The Sports Day on Thursday will feature Inmates participating in a number of sporting disciplines, while the Exhibition on Friday will showcase products made by the inmates throughout the years through the various reform programs.

The week of activities will culminate on Sunday December 16th with a  grand Concert.