CSJP Allocated $145 Million

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(Contributed by the Jamaica Information Service)

The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III is set to receive a cash injection of $145 million to carry out its work during the new fiscal year.

As outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 19, the money will go towards enhancing citizen security and justice in targeted communities, through the increased use of gender-responsive justice services.

Of the sum, $13.6 million will be used for the provision of victim support services; $29.7 million for the provision of legal aid service to clients; $21.8 million for capacity building in the mediation process; $49 million for the delivery of Restorative Justice (RJ) processes in communities; and $18.6 million for training in child diversion processes.

The physical targets up to December 2014 included: the implementation of restorative justice programme in 11 targeted communities and the training of 150 volunteers as restorative justice facilitators.

The project is being funded by the Department for International Development (UK); the Inter-American Development Bank; and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Canada).

The CSJP III falls under the Ministry of Justice, and is scheduled to end in November 2019.