The country’s only penal institution for young criminals will no longer exist in less than a month, as announced by Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst.
The Boys Training School is currently undergoing renovations and will be ready for use by the end of June.
The closure of the Willkies facility during the pandemic exacerbated its existing repair needs.
The institution housed delinquent minors aged 12-18. Given the recent surge in youth crime, the decision to retrofit the school is well-received.
Officials plan to make the school hurricane resistant, secure against break-ins, and equipped to prevent escape attempts.
The renovations of the training school were partially funded by the OECS and USAID.
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