by Linda Straker
- Rehabilitation of Offenders legislation came into effect on 1 November 2017
- Rehabilitation Board established May 2018
- 165 offenders have had their records expunged
As of 15 February 2021, Sir Lawrence Joseph, former Attorney General, has been reappointed to serve as the Chairman of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Board for another term.
The Board’s main role is expunging records of offenders and falls under the Ministry of National Security. Other Board members are Shawnaly Pascal as Secretary; Fausta Bayne, Ministry of Social Development; Alfred Pierre, Criminal Records Officer, Royal Grenada Police Force; Earl Williams, Assistant Coordinator of Youth (Ag.), Youth Development Division; and Rev. Vonnie James represents the Conference of Churches. The Board has a lifespan of 3 years in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and meets monthly.
In May 2018 Grenada announced the establishment of the Rehabilitation Board which is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders legislation that came into effect on 1 November 2017.
165 offenders who were convicted of petty crimes such as possession of marijuana have had their records expunged since the Board was appointed. Matters which are excluded from expunging are murder, voluntary manslaughter, robbery with violence, arson, and any indictable offence carrying a penalty including imprisonment for a term of 15 years or more.
A sentence of imprisonment for life and a sentence of imprisonment for a term exceeding 5 years do not qualify to be expunged under the 2017 legislation.