SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Last week during the visit of Rotary District Governor Robert Leger and his wife Rosa, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle donated 75 pieces of school uniforms to SJIB (Stichting justitiele Inrichtingen Bovenwinden), the civic organization said in a press release on Thursday.
“These uniforms were given to children of Martin Luther King School, Prins Willem Alexander School, Marie Genevieve de Weever School, Oranje School, Sr. Borgia Primary and St. Maarten Vocational Training School.
“The SJIB-Probation Department occupies a unique and central position in the St. Maarten justice structure. It is the only department that is in contact with the offender throughout the different stages of the criminal justice process. The department is the one justice system partner that regularly collaborates with all stakeholders as an offender moves through the system.
“To carry out its multiple responsibilities, the department functions in partnership with the system’s diverse stakeholders, including law enforcement; the courts; prosecutors; defense attorneys; community based organizations; mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitators and other service providers; advocacy groups, the community; victims; and the probationer.
“The objective is to contribute to a safer society by guiding and supporting clients to not commit any further offences. The department uses its extensive knowledge and experience to advise the judge and the Public Prosecutor’s office about the risks of recurrence of a client’s criminal behavior, as well as to influence and change criminal and negative behavior with the aim of preventing recurrences of criminal behavior.
The Probation Department, like its counterparts, protects the community by providing sanctions, interventions, social guidance and services to adult offenders ordered onto probation or parole by the court, prosecutor’s office or Minister of Justice.
“The Probation & Rehabilitation Department produces reports and recommendations to the court, the Parole Board and the Minister of Justice and carries out orders from judicial authorities by monitoring probationers’ and parolees behavior in the community, identifying and coordinating treatment and other interventions, and execution of re-socialization projects.”