One of the nation’s judges is calling on the government to establish a residential facility to house children who are drug dependent.

Senior Parish Court Judge in the Kingston and St. Andrew Family Court, Paula Blake Powell, says the facilities under the Department of Correction Services are not appropriate to rehabilitate these children.

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She made the call this morning at a graduation ceremony for the Children’s Drug Treatment Programme.

Four children graduated in this year’s batch of the programme that was first implemented in 2014.

Justice Powell is also calling on the Education Ministry to accommodate these kinds of children in training programmes, even if they miss the beginning of those projects.

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In the meantime, Puisne Judge, Justice Stephane Jackson Haisley, had this message for the participants.

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They were speaking Friday morning at the graduating ceremony for the Children’s Drug Treatment Programme, at the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre, in Kingston.

The programme targets minors who are criminal offenders and drug dependents. It aims to divert children from the criminal justice system into a programme of rehabilitation.