Editorial for July 25: Juvenile governance

Why is a foundation built for the proposed juvenile justice centre in the Fairbanks area now just sitting out there deteriorating in the bush?

Apparently, because the country a) didn’t really need it, and b) couldn’t afford it anyway, even if it were determined to be required at some point.

As of this writing, we don’t know the ultimate fate of the one-time $10 million juvenile justice centre that began with the idea of rehabilitating Cayman’s younger offenders so they wouldn’t grow up to be career criminals. Who knows? One day the project will, perhaps, resume.
However, given that both the governor’s office and the Ministry of Home Affairs have said there’s no money in the budget for the project, and the new director of prisons hasn’t even been briefed on it, we have to say it seems unlikely that completion will ever take place.

The juvenile justice centre is just one in a long line of public sector projects that were planned, designed or even partially built that government then decided not to pursue. Recall other projects that met with similar fates: the Bodden Town Emergency Centre, the Jubilee Park and Christian Heritage Monument, and the Beulah Smith High School in West Bay – not to mention the new John Gray High School, which hasn’t been finished yet. And by the way, what happened to the cruise ship berthing facility in George Town harbour, now 10 years in the making?

Government must, at all costs, stop wasting the public’s money on projects that are unnecessary and/or unaffordable. We simply can’t pay for these on-again, off-again blunders any longer.

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