||Last Updated: Feb 4, 2020 - 11:34:49 AM
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the Government’s effort to reform the criminal rehabilitation process:
“Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, is taking the charge on the long overdue effort to reform criminal rehabilitation. Thousands of our nation’s youth are being held back from pursuing their dreams because of minimal drug charges and other small offenses. These convictions make it difficult for them to enter the workforce, travel to visit family, or even finish their education.
“The FNM Government believes that we as a society should seek to avoid creating a cycle of despair for first-time offenders like these and give them a second chance to overcome the personal obstacles that would hinder their path to success and prosperity. With job opportunities on the rise, there’s no reason why members of our community convicted of petty crimes should be barred from these opportunities.
“We welcome the PLP’s attempt to latch themselves on to our rehabilitation reform effort. They had their chance and failed to deliver – as they did on so many critical issues. Now it’s the Minnis Administration’s time to lead like it has since coming to office. Prime Minister Minnis knows actions speak louder than words. Hopefully the PLP will learn this valuable lesson.
“Our FNM Government will continue working to create individualized paths of rehabilitation for all Bahamians who temporarily lost their way or were side-tracked by a minor offense. This is not a get-out-of-jail free card. Instead it is an effort to give those who deserve it a second chance to restore their lives and become productive members of society while providing for themselves and their families. Under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, the FNM won’t waiver in its commitment to lift up all Bahamians, not a select few, as we deserve nothing less from our elected leaders.”
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