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Juvenile Centre to rehabilitate youths!

- Sylvester says if not addressed will come back to haunt us!
8th District Candidate Bevis Sylvester believes there should be a Juvenile Detention Centre in the VI to rehabilitate youths.
Young offenders are currently taken to Her Majesty's Prison at Balsum Ghut.
Young offenders are currently taken to Her Majesty's Prison at Balsum Ghut.
Young offenders are currently taken to Her Majesty's Prison at Balsum Ghut.
Young offenders are currently taken to Her Majesty's Prison at Balsum Ghut.
Sylvester strongly believes in rehabilitation methods and said if not done, it will come back to haunt the Territory.
Sylvester strongly believes in rehabilitation methods and said if not done, it will come back to haunt the Territory.
HOPE HILL, Tortola, VI - Expressing his concern with the lack of a rehabilitation programme for young people who fell prey to crime and becoming repeat offenders, 8th district candidate Bevis Sylvester believes there is need for a juvenile centre in the Virgin Islands.

“Young people that are falling prey to crime, we take them and we send them to prison, we do not have a rehabilitation programme in place so they come out and they fall prey again and they go back. It is important that we get some sort of juvenile centre here, don’t you think so?” Sylvester asked residents during a meeting held in the 8th district at Hope Hill on Friday October 14, 2011.

Sylvester explained to residents that a Juvenile Centre rehabilitates youngsters who fall prey to crime, ensures they learn a trade and they find a job before they leave, and they are able to fit into society as a normal citizen.

Currently, young male who commit crimes and requires custodial sentences are taken to Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsum Ghut.

Recently, a former legislator and 8th district representative Lewis Walters in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online, disclosed that prison is not the best solution for youths who have committed criminal offenses and recommended a similar solution.

“It has always been my thought that catching criminals, especially younger people and putting them in a prison, is not the answer. To me that doesn’t solve anything. My feeling is to provide a safe place to have younger people who are out of order, who commit crimes and to give them an opportunity to learn like a boys’ school. They are detained not in handcuffs and special uniform and what not but where they can’t have access to communities when they feel like,” Mr. Walters had said.

Meanwhile, Sylvester said there is also no rehabilitation programme in general for persons who have been sentenced to serve in prison which leads to repeat crimes by those individuals.

“Another problem we have is the adults go to prison and when they go, they are not rehabilitated so they come out and guess what, they go right back in because the system has failed to put procedures, policies in place to help persons to put themselves back into society.”

Sylvester said by the time an inmate leaves the prison, they should have something in place where that person is attached to a part time job somewhere.

He said he knew of someone who spent 15 years in prison, came out and couldn’t fit back into society which he said is not right.

The district candidate warned that if it is not addressed these problems, “these things are going to come back to haunt us and haunt our tourism product because we will have the money or the ones who will seem to be doing well but because we fail to help them they are going to come for us.”

He said the problem should therefore be seen as "our problem" and everyone must come together as a people and tell the government no longer will" we allow you to in there and not prepare for our youths".

“It is important that we understand this fundamental point, if you are between the ages of 18 and 35, when you go to polls, you are voting for your future. If you are between 36 and 60, you are voting for yourself, children and grandchildren, and if you are 61 and older, you are voting for your great grandchildren, for your investment and for your retirement. My people do not play with your future, your investment and retirement. Do not play with it.”

Sylvester will come up against three other candidates vying for the 8th district seat. The other candidates are incumbent Virgin Islands Party Dancia Penn QC, National Democratic Party Marlon Penn and Independent Als’ Nolan Davis.

37 Responses to “Juvenile Centre to rehabilitate youths!”

  • EAST END EMPRESS (17/10/2011, 08:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    WE PUSHING BEVIS !!! BETTER MUST COME.. Tired of seeing the young men in my community being failed by the system
    • Hope Hill voter (17/10/2011, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Boss "east end empress' speak for yourself..who “WE” you talking about? We not pushing no Bevis..we had Bevis there before and the rest is history! We are not going backwards deman
    • inmate (17/10/2011, 09:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Listen to bevis talking about a subject that he knows about well - Jail! We are still awaiting an apology Mr.Sylvester for your racist remarks - i hear more and more people (of various races) talking about not buying your gas any longer.
      • lovemoredomore (17/10/2011, 11:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What are you waiting for an apology for? You probably did not understand what you read. So sad, that you are so intent on being negative, that you can't make sense of anything.
  • Disappointed (17/10/2011, 08:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But a lot of what is said here is already happening! Maybe he needed to be saying they need to be enforced or followed out. He ain't doing enough digging. I'm disappointed.
    • lovemoredomore (17/10/2011, 11:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please apprise me of where there are support systems and programs to help people who went to prison when they get out. Tell me where they are as I am an advocate for these programs. Will like to get involved.
      • Look Juice (17/10/2011, 19:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Poor you.... try go do your homework
      • Guest (17/10/2011, 21:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I was wondering the same thing. There is currently NOT a juvenile centre in place so what homework is there to be done
  • dude (17/10/2011, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He should know being an ex-con himself.
    • lovemoredomore (17/10/2011, 11:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      There are many ex-cons who have been there, done that and came out to run organizations and empires. You need to maybe start reading and educating yourself to the possibilities of life, even if you went to prison. That is if you don't keep yourself down the way you are right now, because it appear to me that if you went to prison, when you get out you will still be a prisoner, instead of a free man who can do what is necessary to be anything you want to be. Wake Up. Listen and learn.
  • loveann (17/10/2011, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy go sit down. Obeah cannot make you win
  • CrucianDIVA (17/10/2011, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The time has come for the candidates of the 8th to take their campaigns to the next level. Elections are right around the corner so time for the one-on-one debates.
    • EAST END EMPRESS (17/10/2011, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      One on one debate.. I like that... SET IT UP.. let people see wha' going on ... seriously I listened to ALL the canditates in the 8th.. one can't even take the time out to learn the shallow bit them give he to read; the other only concerned about going overseas and speaking well to build them resumé, all projects talked about are NOW happening or COMING SOON.. another is just an angry upset individual...and one is a thriving ex con with ideas.. I sorry but the choices aren't that good.. so forget the parties... and pick who you would want to represent you if all were independent candidates.. cause at the end of the day East End need a person not a party to speak on our behalf... THE BLAH BLAH BLAH man ain't scared to talk... @ hope hill voter " We pushin Bevis is a slogan... guess tha' mean you ain't even taking the time to listen... LISTEN TO ALL, TALK TO THEM IF YOU CAN ONE ON ONE>. THEN DECIDE
      • lovemoredomore (17/10/2011, 11:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        To whoever said that she is pushing for Bevis, that means that she is listening. Maybe you need to pay more a little more attention so that you can understand what he is saying, instead of dwelling on his past. His past is just what it is. "HIS PAST". He is a free man and he is using the possibilities that are available to all of us to excell, and to be what ever it is he wants to be. Maybe it will also help if you write proper english. The way you express yourself speaks very little of your intelligence. So maybe you should try to improve on building yourself instead in concentrating on being negative.
      • Mmm (17/10/2011, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        So where do you put Marlon in this?
  • one who knows (17/10/2011, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Both the prison and the politicians are ignoring the all ready established halfway house and the programs both Internationally and locally available for FREE through BVI Prison Fellowship.
    • lovemoredomore (17/10/2011, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Then if we have these programs available, why isn't the information out there? Why then when prisoners are released from prison, nothing is organized so that they go directly to the facility or registered for the program, and they are monitored? Why is this a big secret? If we have them, then are we saying that there are no one to operate them, or no one care to operate them? We just need them on the books to say that we are keeping up with some standard? This makes no sense if they are not going to be used and be beneficial. This needs to be looked into.
      • Eagle Eyes (17/10/2011, 14:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        At present one inmate is housed full time at the halfway house, 3 ex inmates are being assisted in medical, dental housing and employment. Programs that are free to implement with certified Prision Fellowship Trained personel are currently being done. With more standing by, ready to be implemented. These programs are free. Both the Prison and the Minister who has charge over the prison are aware of this.
  • True (17/10/2011, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so elected members of the house of assembly can be convicted criminals? Wow no wonder this country is going down hill rapidly and the UK is getting a firmer hold on its finances, in the present state i'm sorry to say but its the best way if you let criminals into the house of assembly as ministers or backbenchers. We need leaders with a moral compass set straight not folded to whatever they can get away with.
  • True (17/10/2011, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    also just a quick note perhaps you can inform me. Is Bevis from here? And if he isn't why isn't he deported?
  • lovemoredomore (17/10/2011, 10:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so sad for my people who cannot be objective even when the messenger has a message worth listening to. OMG, why is it so important to shoot down people rather than lifting them up? Do you people know how many people went to prison and came out to be productive members of their society? I see Judge Mathis was here in the BVI to speak to the young people, telling them he went from the streets of crime, jail to judge in 15 years. Tell me if this is not impressive, and if this is not a message worth listening to. As a matter of fact we came out in great numbers to listen to Judge Mathis. Now, it is not an international celebrity, it is Bevis Sylvester who has a message, because he been there, but it is not worth listening to. You people are brain dead. Bevis Sylvester, you are on the right track. When the youths come out of prison they don't have no support system, so they go back to what they know, crime. They have no one to go to and get the help they need to stay away and better themselves. The same way money is spent to send people away to drug rehab, but when they come back there is no where for them to go. So they go back to who they know, and what they know. There are no support for these youths to help keep them clean so that they can be productive. That is why this country is the way it is. We have a corrupt government that we are afraid to change. I mean not all of them, but we know of a few who should not be in government, but they are still there. Bevis did his time, and he is qualified to speak and to be heard with out all the name calling, and pulling down. You people need to stop and put your thinking caps on instead of talking a lot of nonsense that is not going to get any of us anywhere. I mean I know that you people who talk stupidness is in the minority, but we need you to get on board. Stop the foolishness. These are very serious times, we don't need to live in the past, we need a platform to move forward, and we need to look objectively to who have the better of all the evils that are out there, to take us forward. Please stop the pulling down and the bigotry. Now is not the place and time. Get serious.
    • laughing (17/10/2011, 13:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Seems to me like lovemoredomore drives a Range Rover. Its OK Bevis, we understood your message loud and clear and added to that we know about your trustworthyness. Better luck next time.
  • Election (17/10/2011, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How I see it.. after all the hoopla… this is how it goin down 1st District – we sticking with ANDREW – he has proved he can get the job done – with this bad economy and time of uncertainly, we aint taking no risk with a candidate who has no political experience. Andrew is a good candidate for representation 2nd District – Cline is hot, but CHRISTOPHER will edge back in - lots of candidates to split the votes. 3rd District – OJ is hot, speaks eloquent but maybe next time. FRASER going back in 4th District – my money on MARK – he is a real politician and businessman (don’t mind the jumping around), a good candidate for representation 5th District –Juggie and Delores – take your pick 6th District – my money on OMAR – been there and know the ropes, with this bad economy and time of uncertainly we aint taking no chance here 7th District – Dr PICKERING who people love is a good candidate for representation. Ronnie disappeared for too long after his last try. Allen is well educated and was a great FS and has some really good ideas BUT you know Tola ppl don’t change them mind about you – that trial stuff still lingers. 8th District – DANCIA going right back and is a good candidate for representation. Too many candidates to split up votes. Bevis has good ideas and has shown he is a good businessman but like Allen, Tola ppl won’t forget your case. Bevis would have probably feared better at large. 9th District – RALPHIE going right back there. Again too many candidates and people still love Ralph, they only worried about his health. At Large – RONNIE - he has the political experience and is a good businessman and a good candidate for representation Dr SMITH – has political experience and we all love him, definitely a man for the people, a good candidate for representation Mr MALONE – has good political and legal experience – good candidate for representation Irene O’Neal – has bad news with her kids but can still pull it off. The only first-timer I would like to see elected is ZOE. Archie and Myron has the same problem, every Tom, Dick and Harry think you aint born here. PPA candidates would have done better in their districts after you tell people who is the party leader.
    • Period Cramps (17/10/2011, 13:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please! If Ronnie there you better erase Malone and put Myron right there! He will probably get more votes than Doc and Ronnie. Irene and Archie will be fighting for the 4th spot and she just might edge him out, the 1st District people will definitely vote Irene at-large and may well put her over the top. But NDP taking 3 at-large seats for sure! OJ will beat Fraser and Delores will beat Juggy. Fraser doesn't have the support he once had and he knows this, which is why he's trying to get as much done with our money on his marina as possible. Juggy only beat Delores by 27 votes the last time, Lesmore got 56 and Nona Vanterpool got either 80 or 90 + votes, you do the math, he only win by a hand full when the tide was fully against NDP, now the other way around how he going beat her? Schuups! Don't be surprised if Marlon beats Dancia and Hubert beat ralph, won't be easy but it is possible!!
    • egg (17/10/2011, 15:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      VIP amd Bevis all the way
    • Kilpatrick (17/10/2011, 17:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Im oke for your analysis. VIP all the way. Only wish Colin would step it up and trounce Mark!
    • Guest (17/10/2011, 21:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Alright CLEO just like she was a fraud look like you drinking schuppid bush too
  • MOO MOO (17/10/2011, 13:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Mmm (17/10/2011, 13:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bevis I am sure you have some good ideas but it seems a vote for you right now is like a vote for the VIP and I am not sure whether or not I am willing to take that chance right now.
    • Hmmn (17/10/2011, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You for real? Bevis with the VIP and talking Dancia and others so bad? Be for real.
      • Mmm (18/10/2011, 09:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        No darling, what I am saying is a vote for Bevis or anybodyelse really, other than Marlon, will make it more likely that Dancia will win, and thats another for sure seat for the VIP. (don't get me wrong I like Dancia as a person).
  • ooooo (17/10/2011, 20:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    we pushing bevis out
  • row boat (17/10/2011, 22:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    when the dust is settled Dancia will win by a whisker
  • KEEP IT REAL (18/10/2011, 00:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Uh HuH (18/10/2011, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just loving how Marlon just disappearing under the light of the INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE... I thought the race would've been between Bevis And He but it look like he gone sleep and is just Dancia and Bevise... What a thing.. Wha goiong on in the 8th buddy.. Don't comment if you ain't in the 8th and know how we east people thinking
  • question (19/10/2011, 19:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what is the youngest some one can go jail in the bvi
  • question (19/10/2011, 19:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what is the youngest someone can go jail in the bvi

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