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More resources needed for prisons

$1 million more is the price tag the Prisons Director has given for inmates to get the proper rehabilitation they need to renter society.

The budget for prisons services hovers around $10 million a year but Neil Lavis says it simply is not enough to make sure the more than 200 inmates currently housed there get the help they need.

“We do have some interventions that are delivered but I don’t think we do enough, things like sex offender treatment is definitely needed. The Parole board would be taking a risk if they are releasing untreated people,” said Mr. Lavis.

The Prisons Director appeared on this week’s The Panel.

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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