Department revamped

The former Department of Probation and Aftercare is now the Department of Community Rehabilitation.

In addition to the new name, the office has relocated to the Cayman Centre (Unit # 19) to accommodate an increase in staff, expanded services and to provide clients with easier access.

Renamed at the end of 2007, the new label reflects both its current function of assisting offenders to function in the community without further involvement in criminal activities and its new responsibility of leading the implementation process for the Alternative Sentencing Law, said a GIS press release.

The name change and increase in the scope of activities mirrors Cayman’s legislative development that aims to take a more rehabilitative approach to crime as well as utilise more community-based orders.

A clear example of this rehabilitative process is the recently started Drug Rehabilitation Court which operates under the supervision of the Judicial Services; the forthcoming implementation of the Alternative Sentencing Law, 2006 will also offer a wide and complex range of sentencing options.

As a result, an Alternative Sentencing Task Force has been established, which comprises of representatives from various agencies, including the DCR, which plays a major role in the implementation process.

The new DCR name will also account for the range of rehabilitative orders handed down by the Courts (including Drug Rehabilitation Court) as well as by the Parole Board and it highlights the importance of the community being a part of the rehabilitative process.

‘Our department is delighted to be able to offer a wide range of community rehabilitation services to both the Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac communities,’ said Director of the DCR, Terese Echenique-Bowen.

She further explained that the DCR mandate also seeks to allow suitable offenders to remain in the community and build on the positive roles that they can fulfill.

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For more information please contact DCR in Grand Cayman at the Cayman Centre Unit #19, phone 949-1693 and in the Cayman Brac at the Kirkconnell Centre, phone 948- 1521.

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