Although there have been, and there still are, issues with the administration of justice in Amerindian communities, Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai is optimistic that these issues would be resolved as a result of the inclusion of restorative justice in the judicial system.
During her speech on Monday, at commencement of this restorative justice training for toshaos, prison officers, probation officers, and other officials at the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Officers Mess in Georgetown, she expressed this belief.
Restorative justice, as described by the Canadian judicial system, is “an approach to justice that seeks to repair harm by providing an opportunity for those harmed and those who take responsibility for the harm to communicate about and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime.”
Parliament has recently enacted Restorative Justice legislation as a measure to overcome prison overcrowding by reducing pre-trial detention, reducing recidivism, and increasing the use of alternative sentencing, among other things. With the passage of the Act came establishment of a Restorative Justice Centre at 341 East Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown.