Ag. Commissioner of Prisons Deopersad Ramoutar (centre) with the newly elected and installed Executive Board of the Council of Prisons Chaplains and Ministers (COPCAM). Image courtesy Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service.

The newly elected Executive Board of the Council of Prisons Chaplains and Ministers (COPCAM) have received their Instruments of Appointment, paving the way for the Council to continue its important work in restorative justice in the corrections system.

COPCAM has been an affiliate of the Prison Service for over 20 years and promotes correctional and restorative approaches to managing those members of society in correctional facilities.

According to an official release from the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service, Commissioner of Prisons (Ag), Deopersad Ramoutar, presented board members with their Instruments of Appointment on Monday 14 March 2022.

The new Executive Board comprises: Stacey Ann Beckles, Chairman; Rajkumar Ramroop, Vice Chairman; Reginaldo Felipe, Director; Petronilla Davis, Programs/Communications Director; Dallison Leon, Liaison Director; Robert Payne Jr., Secretary; and Winston Lewis, Assistant Secretary.

In presenting the Instruments of Appointment, Ag. Commissioner Ramoutar thanked the board members for their years of dedicated service and support to the Prison Service in its rehabilitative efforts.

Receiving special commendation from the Ag. Commissioner was Stacey Ann Beckles, CEO of the NGO, Women of Transformation.

“Stacey Ann Beckles is testimony of the phenomenal work done with the collaboration of both organizations,” he stated, referring to the partnership between COPCAM and the Prison Service. 

“Notwithstanding security being the principal focus in the prison, major emphasis will be placed on rehabilitation and re-integration,” he affirmed.