Ninjaman needs to spearhead jail rehabilitation program with authorities help

Incarcerated dancehall veteran Ninjaman needs the Jamaican authorities’s help in spearheading a jail rehabilitation program.

In a four-page letter addressed to Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Chief of the Opposition Mark Golding, the deejay shared that the ample expertise and expertise of inmates are solely going to waste beneath the present rehabilitation system.

“One aspect that’s lacking from the system in Jamaica is an establishment to rehabilitate those that have been incarcerated. We can not deny that nobody was born a prison; all infants have been born harmless beings. The system created criminals, whether or not by way of their upbringing or the ills of society. It’s crucial that we create a system to assist the people who find themselves locked as much as obtain self-reliance.

“We have now nice tradesmen (mechanics, body-work skilled, carpenters, furnishings makers, and many others.) in establishments throughout Jamaica who merely get up within the mornings, take a bathe, get fed, play soccer and get again into lock-up. There are numerous unused expertise which might be going to waste. I really feel that I being institutionalised ought to be extra than simply for punishment. I’m not right here to purchase weapons or type gangs, I’m right here to alter the mindset of the youth and I’m asking the federal government to help me with restarting a rehabilitation programme that I’m keen to spearhead,” the deejay acknowledged within the letter.

Ninjaman stated he’s already communicated his ideas and concepts to the jail’s Superintendent and the Deputy Commissioner of the jail and has requested a gathering with each. He stated he additionally needs to fulfill with Prime Minister Holness, the Minister of Nationwide Safety Horace Chang and the Chief Justice Justice Bryan Sykes.

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In 2017, Ninjaman was discovered responsible of the 2009 homicide of Ricardo Johnson. The deejay, whose actual identify is Desmond Ballentine was sentenced to life in jail, with the potential of parole after 25 years.

Opposition chief responds

In response to Ninja Man’s letter, chief of the Opposition, Golding agreed with the incarcerated musician, stating that emphasis ought to be positioned on the significance of rehabilitating people within the jail system.

Outlining that the deejay’s perception is “worthy of great consideration with a view to motion,” Golding stated he believes the Authorities ought to embrace and discover the concepts outlined by the entertainer.

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“Your insights, stemming from first-hand expertise, are worthy of great consideration with a view to motion. The problems you could have raised relating to the insufficient consideration to rehabilitation, and the dearth of post-release employment or different income-earning alternatives, are urgent issues that demand the fast consideration of the Authorities, with help from the Opposition and Civil Society.”

Golding additionally highlighted his willingness to assist facilitate rehabilitation efforts.

“I subsequently hope that the Authorities will facilitate a bipartisan and inclusive course of to maneuver this matter ahead. I’m prepared and keen to play my half.”

Golding thanked the deejay for his willingness to spearhead the rehabilitation efforts and inspired him to maintain pushing his agenda.

“Your dedication to spearheading a rehabilitation program is commendable, and I’m keen to interact in discussions on how we will make this imaginative and prescient a actuality. I settle for that observing the circumstances first-hand might be vital for us to achieve a better appreciation of the challenges and the potential options, and I’m keen to be a part of that course of. If invited, I’m additionally keen to take part within the conferences that you’ve got requested with key stakeholders, together with the Prime Minister, Minister of Safety, Minister of Justice, and the Chief Justice,” Golding’s assertion learn.


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