Low risk convicts at the Montagne Posée prison will get the opportunity to work on the Outer Islands as part of the Prisoner Rehabilitation Programme.
The announcement was made in a joint press conference by the Minister for Internal Affairs, Errol Fonseka, the Chief Executive of IDC, Glenny Savy, Deputy CEO of IDC, Christian Lionnet and the Superintendent of Prison, Raymond St. Ange.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed earlier this week, which gives prisoners with good behaviour the opportunity to work on Coetivy and other outer islands.
The programme is being run by the Prison Service in collaboration with IDC. It aims to give the convicts the opportunity to be productive in society while serving their time and offers them marketable skills that will help them once they leave prison.
The programme is set to officially begin in March with a first group of six selected prisoners who will go to Coetivy. Up to thirty prisoners will be sent to the islands as part of the programme.
All administration and support services for the project will be provided by IDC. While on the islands, inmates will be involved in agriculture, rearing animals, aquaculture and construction among others.