Guyana Camp Street prison inmate wins first prize for essay writing

Guyana Camp Street prison inmate wins first prize for essay writing

A test centered on “A person who inspired me” earned an inmate from Camp Street prison first place in the inter-prison competition in Guyana. The competition organized by the Prisons Welfare and Corrections Department saw Surendra Sukhdeo emerge as the winner out of 25 essays received from four other prison establishments.

Second place went to Davernand Dhandari from New Amsterdam prison, while Gomeshwar Perez from Timehri prison (third), Tamira Melville from New Amsterdam prison (fourth) and Kenneth Griffith from Camp Street prison came in fifths.

In his reaction during the awards ceremony held this afternoon (June 22, 2022) at the Camp Street Prison Compound, the delighted Sukhdeo revealed that he achieved the feat thanks to the support and encouragement that he had received from other detainees.

Meanwhile, the officer in charge of prisons welfare and corrections, Marielle Bristol-Grant, said the inter-prisoner essay competition is a rehabilitation project which aims to increase inmates’ reading skills , to improve their level of literacy in general and to facilitate their transition to formal education.

Bristol-Grant also mentioned that the competition aims to facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent offenders into society and also to prevent recidivism.

Director of Prisons Nicklon Elliot, in his comments, congratulated the participants and said the Guyana Prison Service will not waver in its commitment to providing a livable and learning-friendly environment.

He also said that the infrastructural improvements will only seek to complete the rehabilitation mandate. The Director further said that discussions are ongoing with several stakeholders regarding post-release support for inmates to further support the fresh start initiative launched earlier this year.

Also present at the event were family members and members of the Prisons Training Council.

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