Two Consultants attached to the OECS/USAID Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) paid a two-day visit to Grenada this week, to carry out a legislative review of the laws pertaining to Juvenile Justice on the island.
During their visit the Consultants, Lydia Elliot and Lucy Meyers, examined legislative documents such as the Juvenile Justice Act, the Child Protection Act and the Education Act, among others, to determine where adjustments can be made to improve the legal and regulatory framework of Grenada’s juvenile justice system.
The Consultants, who met with key stakeholders including the Attorney General and the Drafting Unit in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, and the Minister and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development and Housing, are expected to provide recommendations for new laws and regulations, as well provide counsel on the amendment of existing pertinent laws for establishment and successful application of juvenile justice reform measures on the island.
The JJRP, which is also being undertaken in five other OECS member states, namely; Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent includes among its objectives; capacity building for effective juvenile justice administration, modernization of rehabilitative processes and improvement of linkages with civil society and other supporting structures to strengthen the juvenile justice system.
The overarching goal is to reduce the rate of relapse into crime among youth offenders by providing the necessary support mechanisms for rehabilitation.
The Project implemented in Grenada under the Ministry of Social Development and Housing.