BARBADIAN HYPOCRISY AT ITS MAXIMUM – PRISON WEEK, OCTOBER 14 TO 21: its theme? “Second Chance;” tell that to Raúl Garcia!

…  It’s been three long years
Do you still want me
If I don’t see a ribbon
‘Round the ol’ oak tree
I’ll stay on the bus, forget about us
Put the blame on me
If I don’t see a yellow ribbon
‘Round the ol’ oak tree
Bus driver please look for me
‘Cause I couldn’t bare to see what I might see
I’m really still in prison
And my love she holds the key
A simple yellow ribbon’s what I need to set me free…

The Barbados Prison Service will celebrate its annual week with several activities beginning October 14 to 21, under the theme Second Chance. {Ed’s. Note so Raúl Garcia will be on hand to croon Cuban love songs?}

The department will start the week with a church service at the St. Philip Parish Church, on Sunday, October 14, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

On Monday, October 15, starting at 10:00 a.m. there will be an exhibition and open day and persons are invited to H.M.P Dodds to learn more about what a prison officer’s job entails. There will be tours of the prison library, the workshops and female inmates section of the prison. {Ed’s. Note –  Hope they explain how mobiles & ganja got inside?}

The following day, Tuesday, October 16, starting at 10:00 a.m. the Barbados Prison Service and the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) will face off in the Lionel Maloney 20/20 Cricket Tournament, at Dodds, St. Philip. That same afternoon at 2:00 p.m., there will be a five-man football tournament between the BDF, Police and the Prison Service.

An employee health and wellness day will be the focus on Wednesday, October 17, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Philip facility. Members of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Barbados Cancer Society, nutritionists and a podiatrist will be on hand to answer any queries and to share information with the public.

On Thursday, October 18, at 10:00 a.m., there will be a sports day on the prison compound and officers will compete in netball, volleyball, basketball, road tennis and dominoes. {Ed’s. Note I am sure security will be used as a blanket excuse, but so much for Second Chance? At what point do Inmates play against Officers or BDF?}

An exciting, fun-filled day is expected on Saturday, October 20, from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m., when the prison holds its fundraising fair on the compound. There will be plenty of activities and inmates will perform in a special concert for patrons. Members of the public are invited to rent stalls. {Ed’s Note this should be fun, we’ll see which members of the public are brave enough to go and ply their trade  with Inmates ;)}

The week will culminate on Sunday, October 21, with the launch of the Second Chance Foundation, which will introduce its first Yellow Ribbon 5km Run/Walk beginning at 6:00 a.m. It will get under way from the Emerald City car park and end at H.M.P Dodds. {Ed’s. Note Who is the starter for this race? Raúl Garcia? Silly me, ex-convict remaining under detention and you give him a PISTOL? That’s like having an Insurance Executive under investigation and he’s allowed to roam free and cavort with Gov’t Ministers – some of whom say he’s their Client and Pal… What do you mean that happens? Shame on you, in trustworthy ol’ Barbados??}

Support groups, parents and children of inmates and members of the public are invited to participate in this worthy cause. Persons are asked to come out wearing yellow. (TB/BGIS)

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