Over 200 young people have gone through the process of rehabilitation and are now reintegrated into society.
These youth were once residents at the Grand Bacolet juvenile rehabilitation and treatment center.
Dr. Augustine Panchoo clinical physiologist speaks with GBN on the process of rehabilitation these young people went through…
The facility which commenced its program in 2016, catered for youth between the ages twelve to eighteen who have come in conflict with the law and/or needed care and protection.
Dr. Augustine Panchoo the Clinical Physiologist at the center explains that the two hundred young people may fall into one of three categories: the category of waiting for a sentencing date and are on Remand at the center, the ones that were sentenced, and the ones who were in protective custody.
Dr. Panchoo revealed that the ratio of residents coming into the center is 3-1. At any one given time according to him, the facility may have thirty males as compared to twelve females.
Most of these residents are there due to acts of violent crimes.
Presently there are approximately thirty-two residents. Eleven of whom are females and twenty-one males. That number Dr. Panchoo adds can increase to forty-five.
The Centre offers many alternative avenues to address the complex needs of young persons.