Frederick Stephenson And Juvenile Justice Reform

Minister of National Mobilization, Frederick Stephenson said the Juvenile Justice Reform is another program through which the Government is seeking to foster the positive development of the youths.

He made this statement during today’s opening ceremony of the National Juvenile Justice Phase two Training conference which is taking place today and tomorrow for a number of local and regional stakeholders.

The Juvenile Justice Reform System targets young people in the Eastern Caribbean, who have had to go through the Justice System.

It is being undertaken by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS.

Minister Stephenson said 1.6 Million dollars has been allocated to St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the development of this regional project, while the Government has also put three hundred thousand dollars towards the project.

He said when this program is fully implemented in is expected to become the central point for rehabilitation of youths who come into contact with law.
Meanwhile Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Mobilization, Jasmine Hull said the Ministry has a mandate to provide social protection and social justice for everyone in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

She said the Juvenile Justice Reform Project forms part of this mandate and over the next two days they will seeking to adopt a harmonized regional approach towards the smooth implementation of this program.