Prison officers have key roles for prisoner re-integration – Minister Benn

July 4, 2023

Prison officers were reminded of their central role in helping to reform prisoners and preparing them for their positive reintegration into society when Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn  delivered the charge to officers at the Director of Prisons’ quarterly muster and general inspection on Monday. Some 309 Prison Officers completed 65 courses during the first half of 2023. The ranks were trained by internal and external facilitators in Prison Management, Human Rights and Supervisory Management. In addition, 250 ranks have been identified for further training.

The Minister noted, “We must remind ourselves of the mission of the Guyana Prison Service which is to ensure that the prisoners you keep remain in custody and that there are no breakouts … maintaining order, control, discipline and a safe environment for yourself and prisoners is important because when you do that, you are maintaining a safer environment for the entire country, and when you do that, there are benefits … it has very far-reaching effects.”

At the event, Director of Prisons, Nicklon Elliot noted the need to review the current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Prisons. He urged officers to adopt methods to execute their duties with more expertise, accountability, and change.

Under the theme, ‘Promoting Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Prisoners’, the prison director reminded that the Prison Service has a duty to provide inmates with the necessary information in preparation for their reintegration.