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The Department of Correctional Services (DCS)

Juvenile Services

 

JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL CENTRES

Juvenile Correctional Centres formerly know as approved schools, are educational institutions providing security, rehabilitation and education to a special group of Juveniles.

These institutions are for juveniles (ages 12 18) who are removed (by the court) from their normal environment to a more controlled environment.

 

 PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE OF JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

1.     To provide accommodation, security and training for juveniles deemed by the courts to be in need of alternate residential care.

2.     To provide an array of rehabilitation programmes to all wards so as to effect positive change in their behaviour.

3.     To provide a range of academic and vocational training to enhance the juveniles educational status.

4.     To provide medical and dental care for all wards under care.

There are two types of residential juvenile correctional facilities, high security and medium security. High security facilities are for juveniles who commit very serious offences and therefore required very strict discipline and maximum control. Hill Top juvenile Correctional Centre and St. Andrew Juvenile Remand Centre fall into the maximum security group. The medium security institutions are those which accommodate juveniles who are deemed to be of a lower risk level.  

Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre and Armadale for girls are two such centres.

 

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES

(A) RIO COBRE JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL CENTRES

The activities and programmes at this centre include academic training, behaviour modification (counselling etc.) recreation activities and vocational training.

The institution provides academic instruction to all wards under its care. There are vocational training in woodwork, tailoring, auto mechanics, welding and home economics.

Recreational Activities include: football, cricket, basketball and athletics. For extra curricula activities, the wards are involved in 4H club activities and other community based social activities. A house system is used to organise competition in sports and other activities. There is also a scout troop.

  (B) ARMADALE (DIAMOND CREST) JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

 The activities and programmes at this centre include Behaviour Modification, Education, Vocational Training and Recreation.

 The institution provides academic instruction up to the secondary school level. There is vocational instruction in Cosmetology, Home Economics, Clothing and Textiles and Art & Craft.

 The Wards participate in cultural events such as the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (J.C.D.C) festival of art competition. They are also organised in Houses, for sporting competitions.

(C) ST. ANDREW JUVENILE REMAND CENTRE

This is a remand centre, for juvenile boys who await sentencing or placement.

Three (3) kinds of short-term programmes are carried out at this centre counselling, education, and recreation.

Academic classes are organized/arranged according to the abilities of the wards. While counselling seminars conducted by the Welfare Officer and the Chaplaincy Personnel. Wards are temporarily remanded at this facility.

(D) HILL TOP JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL CENTRES

The activities and programmes at this centre include academic training, behaviour modification (counselling etc.) recreation activities and vocational training.

The institution provides academic instruction to all wards under its care. There are vocational training in woodwork, tailoring, auto mechanics, welding and electrical installation.

Recreational Activities include: football, cricket, and athletics. The center also has agriculture projects, which produces yam, cabbage and other cash crops. There is also a piggery and poultry farm. A house system is used to organise competition in sports and other activities. There is also a scout troop.

 

 

JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL CENTRES

 

NAME: RIO COBRE JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

ADDRESS: Tredegar Park, Spanish Town, St. Catherine

CAPACITY: 120

 

NAME: HILL TOP JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

ADDRESS: Bamboo, St. Ann

CAPACITY: 98

 

NAME: ARMADALE (DIAMOND CREST) JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE (girls)

ADDRESS: Alligator Pond, Manchester

CAPACITY:  40

 

NAME: ST. ANDREW JUVENILE REMAND CENTRE

ADDRESS: Stony Hill, St. Andrew

CAPACITY: 48

 

 

 

 

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