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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:34 AM   #1
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CAYMAN ISLANDS JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTRE
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Three 2-story buildings totalizing 25,000 sf. of space
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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:39 AM   #2
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Youth Rehabilitation Changes Gears


Minister Mike Adam, MBE, JP and other government officials break ground for the Cayman Islands Youth Centre.
Two events this month have brought renewed optimism to the issue of youth rehabilitation in the Cayman Islands.

On Thursday (16 March), the Ministry of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing held a groundbreaking ceremony for a purpose-built youth rehabilitation facility - the Cayman Islands Youth Centre.

This was preceded by the Ministry's launch of a new Therapeutic Community Programme at the Bonaventure Boys Home (BBH), in partnership with the Children and Youth Services (CAYS) Foundation, on Wednesday (14 March).

Minister Mike Adam, MBE, JP and other government officials break ground for the Cayman Islands Youth Centre.

Both facilities will follow the Therapeutic Community Programme -- based on the renowned Missouri Model which focuses on rehabilitation and resolving issues in peer-group settings.

Acknowledging the importance of these developments, Hon. Mark Scotland, JP presented remarks on behalf of Premier McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP and said, "With these steps, we meet the constitutional requirement to separate juveniles from adult prisoners, and, in so doing, enhance the opportunity for delinquent youths to become productive members of our country."

The BBH facility was also renovated, with enhancements to the classrooms and living areas, as well as a new meeting room. BBH Programme General Manager Sydney Williams said, "This new setting and programming have enhanced treatment services in an effort to get these young people back into the mainstream of society."

"Youth rehabilitation has always been at the forefront of my priorities, for I believe that all young persons deserve second chances," said Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing, the Hon. Mike Adam, MBE, JP.

The Cayman Islands Youth Centre is located in George Town. When completed, it will be the residential treatment centre for juvenile offenders and youths ages 12-18 who are held on court remand. It will offer therapeutic, educational and aftercare services.

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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:41 AM   #3
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Cayman Islands To Get New Junvenile Center
(04/12/2011)
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — A site adjacent to Fairbanks Women’s Prison will be the home of the proposed Cayman Islands youth offenders facility.

The site is currently home to the last remaining trailers in George Town, housing people displaced by Hurricane Ivan. However, the government is refurbishing the Lyndhurst Apartments, where it says the trailer residents will be moved to make way for the new juvenile facility. Although mandated in the new constitution, Community Affairs Minister Mike Adam said there was a pressing need for the unit.

Adam announced the plans for the facility at a public meeting recently, explaining that the facility was necessary because Cayman’s rapid economic development has weakened societal structures that have long supported youth

“It is hardly surprising that we now see increasing evidence of gang activity, unemployment and crime,” he said. “We must acknowledge that we are not providing the best possible therapeutic interventions and facilities necessary to turn these children around into civic-minded, responsible, productive citizens.”

The current situation, in which juvenile offenders serve their time at Eagle House or Fairbanks Prison with adult prisoners, violates internationally recognized human rights instruments, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Adam said.

To comply with the Cayman Islands Constitution, juvenile inmates must be segregated from adult prisoners by November 2013. Construction of the new facility will begin by September and is expected to be complete by December 2012.

In the meantime, the ministry will introduce an interim, short-term program at the Bonaventure Boys Home that will accommodate 20 boys, Adam said. The program is scheduled to begin in September.

Sean Evans, executive architect at the Public Works Department, was the lead designer of the facility, which will mimic a residence rather than a prison.

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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:42 AM   #4
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Saving youth the Missouri way
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31 July, 2011

Fights, bland food, barred windows and high fences.

These are some of the words and images that might come to mind at the mention of juvenile correctional facilities.

In the mind’s eye, they look a lot like prison.

Unfortunately, the reality of juvenile correctional facilities is often not much different, and the results they produce are usually equally discouraging.

That is why, after the 2009 Constitution mandated that juvenile offenders had to be separated from adult offenders, the Cayman Islands government decided to use the opportunity to completely change the way that juvenile offenders are handled in the justice system.

“The current juvenile facilities, Eagle House, Bonaventure and Frances Bodden, [do] not have qualified personnel in therapeutic services and they do not offer education to correct the students’ challenges,” says Michael Myles, the Ministry of Education Programme coordinator for At Risk Youth.

In their bid to completely overhaul the existing juvenile correctional facilities in the Cayman Islands, the government contacted the Missouri Youth Services Institute.

The Missouri model

When MYSI was founded, the rate of juvenile recidivism in Missouri was very high. Nnow, 40 years on, it is one of the lowest in the United States.

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Funding delayed for juvenile centre
By: Brent Fuller | [email protected]15 March, 2012

Cayman Islands government officials will break ground on a new juvenile offenders remand facility in George Town later today.

However, just before the shovels hit the ground, the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee agreed to reduce the current year’s budget for the facility by some $1.7 million.

According to financial records released by the government on Tuesday, the budget for the project, initially set for around $3 million, was reduced to less than $1.3 million for the 2011/12 spending plan.

Community Affairs Minister Mike Adam told members of the committee that the juvenile justice centre would be built, but that there had been some planning approval delays and that government agreed to do the project in two stages.

“What we did decide to do was to phase the construction in two phases, one being the foundation only, which as you know, we are breaking ground ... Thursday (today),” Mr. Adam told the committee. “Planning is reviewing the plans for the full contract that will also go out to tender in 
very short order.”

Mr. Adam said the remaining $1.7 million would be put back into the budget next fiscal year, which starts 1 July.

“We were projecting an earlier start, but things go delayed,” Mr. Adam said Wednesday. “But now we’re back on track.”

The initial phase involves laying down the foundations for the three buildings in the juvenile centre with a building footprint of some 25,000 square feet.

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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:44 AM   #6
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Approach to troubled youth begins transformation
Posted on Thu, 08/03/2012 - 15:22 in Local News


Cayman Islands Youth Centre

(CNS): The way local authorities deal with young offenders and those with behavioural problems is beginning its transformation. With the ground breaking of a new young offenders institute in George Town next week and the official adoption of the Missouri Model at the Bonaventure Boys Home in West Bay, the community affairs ministry is leading the charge to switch from a punishment focus regime to one which encourages troubled youngster to confront their issues. This specialist model focuses on rehabilitation typically within a peer-group setting and since its recent adoption, the programme has seen significant improvements in the boys, officials have said.

The new youth centre which will also be based on the Missouri Model, is due to be finished by May next year and will serve as both a home and treatment centre for juvenile offenders and remanded young people.

“Missouri’s approach is not at all a ‘soft’ approach to delinquent behaviour, but instead, much harder, more demanding and more likely to bring about meaningful change as you must face and deal with your most difficult and traumatic issues and take responsibility for your actions and behaviour”,” said the Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing, Mike Adam.

“With these enhancements in youth rehabilitation, we all have an opportunity to help chart the way forward by empowering our children and youth, strengthening our community and securing the future of these Islands,” he added.

Along with the new programme the Bonaventure home as also recently been renovated to reflect the new philosophy. There is now an open dorm layout for staff observation and safety, classrooms, and a group meeting room. Residents have a daily schedule consisting of education, group counselling, individual counselling, meals, recreation, dorm cleaning, and check-ins.

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Youth remand centre on hold
By: Norma Connolly | [email protected]26 February, 2013


The foundations may be in place, but work on a new juvenile remand centre has been put on hold while the Cayman Islands government goes back to crunch the numbers.

Community Affairs Minister Dwayne Seymour insisted the project had been delayed rather than halted.

He said that since it looked like the project would cost more than $10 million – and would thus require permission from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to go ahead under stricter procurement rules adopted by government late last year – his ministry was taking a second look at the costs involved in the construction of the proposed centre.

He added that Governor Duncan Taylor had asked for the estimated costs of the project to be justified.

“All angles are being evaluated. If necessary, changes need to be made to ensure that there is value for money and that the expense of this project can be toned down,” Mr. Seymour told reporters during a media briefing Thursday.

The minister has also sought a legal opinion from the Attorney General’s Office on the ramifications of the youth remand centre not being completed by 6 November this year. The 2009 Constitution calls for juvenile prisoners by that date to be segregated from adult prisoners and to be housed in a safe and secure facility while in custody after being arrested or charged with a criminal offence.

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Youth centre scrapped
Posted on Tue, 14/05/2013 - 19:19 in Crime


(CNS): The plans to build a young offender facility to ensure that the Cayman government is compliant with the bill of rights and separates its younger criminals from adults, have been scrapped. The government does not have the cash to either build the centre or run it once it is built, the minister for community affairs announced Tuesday. Dwayne Seymour stated that the Missouri Model was being dropped in favour of a Cayman model because of costs. The minister, who took over the ministry in December, pointed to concerns that had been raised by the governor regarding the cost of the project, which officials broke ground on in 2012, and which had been allocated some $8 million in this year's budget. However, Seymour said that the estimates had been as much as $11 million and government did not have the money.

However, strapped for cash or not, government is under obligation to separate young offenders from adult criminals, as per the bill of rights, which came into force in November 2012, and had already extended its obligation to do so until November of this year.

The project was also designed to make a greater impact on turning around the lives of young people who were making early steps on the road to a life of crime with speciality programmes. The former minister, Mike Adam, had identified the Missouri Model as a solution for the problems Cayman is facing with its young offenders and had designed the young offenders’ facility around that model.

Seymour said Tuesday, however, that the project would likely have to go back to the beginning as the costs were too high and the country could not afford another ten or eleven million on a building to house just ten or fifteen children.

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Prison boss: $10M juvenile centre not needed
By: Brent Fuller | [email protected] 24 July, 2013


The site of the once-planned juvenile rehabilitation centre in George Town. – Photo: Jewel Levy

The concrete slab poured for the proposed Cayman Islands Juvenile Justice Centre looks a bit lonely sitting in a wooded area off Fairbanks Road in George Town. However, the project – on which $1.3 million was spent, according to the government’s 2011/12 budget – is not likely to be completed any time soon due to a complete lack of funding.

Moreover, Cayman’s new prisons director Neil Lavis said last week that he did not believe a separate juvenile prisoner rehabilitation facility was essential to meet human rights requirements in the Cayman Islands Constitution scheduled to come into effect in November. Those include the mandated separation of juvenile prisoners from adults, as well as the separation of remand prisoners from those who have been convicted of crimes.

“Ideally, they need to be in a separate location, but ... I can ensure they’re kept separate from the general population,” Mr. Lavis said. “If I can make an area here where I have a separate entrance, they’re exercised separately and kept separately, that will satisfy [human rights requirements].”

With 193 male and female prisoners in Her Majesty’s Prisons, Northward and Fairbanks last week, Mr. Lavis pointed out he did not have one juvenile prisoner in the complexes.

“With such small numbers, it would be wrong of me to build a nice, glowing 12-bed unit, which would sit there with nobody in it or one or two people in it,” he said. “Is that the best use of public money?”

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