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Government plans to build more facilities for girls

by | Aug 15, 2014

Clifton De CoteauMinister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Clifton De Coteau, yesterday announced that Cabinet had approved construction of a battery of facilities to house truant girls.

While boys who break the law end up at special State facilities girls are sent to the adult Women’s Prison.

Though no contracts have been tendered, the cost of the project has been estimated at $191 million.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing, De Coteau said that as a result of the limited range of facilities available, the institutions will house children in conflict with the law, children needing care and protection — including those who have been physically and sexually abused — and children beyond control.”

He said a review of the youth justice system in 2013 revealed that 97 percent of the girls housed at St Jude’s were beyond control while 76 percent of boys at St Michael’s were there for the same reason.

The Government has agreed, in principle, to the establishment of two rehabilitative centers in support of girls in conflict with the law and assigned to institutional care by the state.

He claimed that this was needed to address the urgent and critical needs of girls in conflict with the law.

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