St. Maarten’s Inmates association presses for accredited courses

POSTED: 09/12/11 12:05 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Vice President of the Inmates Association at the Pointe Blanche Prison Timothy Simmons has said that providing accredited courses to inmates is a way to reduce recidivism. He made the statement at a recent graduation ceremony as part of a broader request for “proper incentives to motivate the young people incarcerated at the institution.

Simmons believes that if courses are accredited and can be transferred or used to obtain a job offenders will have better prospects and will be less likely to reoffend.

“When you have an ex-con working they will not be committing any crimes which could help the economy to improve. If the inmate is not motivated then the crime will continue after they leave the prison, making the prison a revolving door. When there are proper incentives and plans in place crime will be definitely solved that way,” Simmons said.

The inmates’ association vice president has also expressed concern that more and more young people are ending up in prison. He’s urged more prevention in order to stem the flow of arrivals.

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