On Tuesday 29 November, the CSC Alumni Team hosted the latest Development in Action webinar on ‘The viability of mandatory rehabilitation in Jamaican prisons’ delivered by Commonwealth Alumnus Dr Dacia L Leslie. This webinar addressed the CSC development theme of Strengthening global peace, security and governance.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series aims to highlight the work and research of Commonwealth Alumni across a range of development impact areas.

About the speaker

Dr Dacia L Leslie is Research Fellow and Chair of the Crime Prevention and Offender Management Research Cluster at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), The University of the West Indies. She is a Canada-CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Scholar and Research Associate at the Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island.

Dr Leslie is a 2011 Commonwealth Scholar from Jamaica. She completed her PhD in Criminology at Cardiff University.

Efforts to legitimise mandatory rehabilitation in prisons

In this webinar, Dr Leslie highlighted the importance of implementing rehabilitation programmes in prisons, drawing on her doctoral research on criminal recidivism in Jamaica. She discussed how rehabilitation plays a key role in promoting effective reintegration, reducing recidivism, and achieving SDG 16 through the promotion of peaceful, just, and strong institutions.

Dr Leslie highlighted the importance of evidence-based decision-making and talked about how her role as a member of the Correctional Services Technical Committee is helping to inform the policy process and bridge the gap between academia, the state, and civil society.

This webinar presentation was followed by an interactive Q&A session with Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni. You can catch the recording of the webinar below or on the CSC’s YouTube channel, where you can also watch previous events in the series.


Join future Development in Action webinars

The CSC’s Development in Action webinars take place each month and are open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni.

To find out about upcoming webinars, please visit the CSC’s events webpage.