By Kaelanne Jordan
Earlier this month, the Raja Yoga Prison Ministry in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service hosted its 10th annual Inmate Art Exhibition at Long Circular Mall, St James. The event is among the Prison Service’s initiatives designed to help offenders change the patterns of behaviour that led to criminal activity. Specifically, programmes like these provide various forms of therapy to address rehabilitative needs—such as criminal thinking and anger management—that, if left unaddressed, can increase the likelihood of recidivism.
Now, the Superintendent of Port of Spain Prison Charmaine Johnson has recognised the need for another tool as the basis for development, education and rehabilitation of clients, formerly referred to as inmates: music programmes.