Published On: Wed, Jan 2nd, 2013

3 million guilders reserved for crime control

WILLEMSTAD — Over 3 million guilders is reserved in the policy plan for the Crime Control Fund the coming year for projects that combat (juvenile) delinquency. Outgoing minister of Justice, Stanley Betrian, sent the plan to the Parliament this month. Approx. 3 million guilders is estimated to set up the Bureau Juvenile Care and Resettlement, Halt and Safety Center – a three-year project. Approx. 200,000 guilders is estimated for workshops and training to prevent child abuse and 148,000 guilders for the Yave project. Furthermore, 60,000 guilders is estimated for the projects ‘Un Strea’ (A Star) and ‘Mi no ke bai será’ (I don't want to be jailed).

Other projects were presented for financing in the next year. It regards the upgrading of the relief and quality of care of youngsters – pertaining to civil law – placed with the Judicial Youth Institution (JJI), the setting up of the Financial Administration Crime Fund and the project Yave 2013. The investigation into conducive to crime and protection factors with juvenile delinquency, the project Brigada di Seguridat i Formashon (Security and Formation Brigade) and the project ‘Buskando Solushon’ ((Searching for Solutions) were also presented.

Prevention of juvenile delinquency

In the coming coalition period (2012-2014) the judicial policy will focus especially on the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the ability to manage, and the rehabilitation of detainees reentering society. The focus with this last group will be on advancing and tightening of the education and rehabilitation programs. Seventy percent of the total revenues from the Crime Fund will be used for these projects. The remaining thirty percent of the revenues will be used for crime control projects from the Police Corps Curaçao. These courses or programs focus on solving criminal offences and making the community aware of their responsibility in crime control.

The prevention policy will specifically focus on expanding the possibilities for prevention and rehabilitation of youngsters who’ve come into contact with Justice. Within this framework the prevention policy will focus on preventative measures for alcohol, drug and gambling addiction and scientific research into motives of (juvenile) delinquency. The procedure in accordance with the safety center concept will be introduced and the regular child welfare with methods and organizational models within the ambulant and residential child welfare will be expanded.

Emergency relief

(Emergency) relief possibilities for minors will be promoted. Attention will also be given to setting up the juvenile care and resettlement with the emphasis on introducing HALT-completions. This is an alternative extrajudicial punishment model for youngsters who’ve committed less serious penal acts. In addition, the central report center for child abuse will be set up and an intensive ‘counseling for youngsters who’ve come into contact with Justice for more serious offences more often will be developed to prevent negative consequences of prison sentences.

The possibilities for community work and electronic supervision will be expanded and programs to enhance social skills, control of aggression and coping with ‘peer-pressure’ will be developed. There will also be programs to enhance educational skills with parents of criminal youngsters.

There should be special attention within the judicial chain for youngsters through the introduction of juvenile officers at the Police Corps Curaçao and support for the duties of the ‘Brigada di Seguridat i Formashon’. Adjustments will be made in the procedure for a youth-oriented approach and rehabilitation of the detainees with specific attention for young adults. Support will be given to projects enhancing the yet to be founded Sentro di Formashon (previously GOG). Attention will also be given to increasing the forming and education possibilities of detainees.

Committee Crime Fund

The committee Crime Fund, the executive team and the signing authority are regulated this year through the ministerial orders. The committee will consist of three persons who are not employed within the government. It regards Johan Nahar, Henry Leonora and Nelson Navarro. It should be noted that Nelson Navarro will become the minister of Justice in the new ‘task-cabinet’.

The committee is to take care that the objectives are in line with the law; to evaluate and give a binding negative or positive advice on all projects presented; to approve expenditure and present the financial annual report.

In conformity with the law, the fund will be managed by the Minister of Justice and the daily management, under supervision of the minister, is assigned to the director of the Directorate of Judicial Affairs. Also the Ministry of Justice was given an entirely new interpretation following the new status for the country Curaçao per 10-10-’10. The secretary general is now responsible for the management and the entire responsibility within the ministry.

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