NEW SEASONS COMING: Shock Treatment social reform program and TV show returns

NEW SEASONS COMING: Shock Treatment social reform program and TV show returns
A still from the popular Bahamian television show “Shock Treatment”.

Previous Shock Treatment participant was one of six men killed in Jerome Ave mass shooting

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is expected to relaunch the Shock Treatment program and reality TV show in January 2022, announced Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe yesterday.

During a press conference announcing the reintroduction of the initiative, Munroe advised that the program will be under the direction of Carlos Reid and in collaboration with the Citizen Security Unit of the Ministry of National Security, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Bahamas Department of Correctional Services and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas.

“Learning from the mistakes of our first go-around, we expect to have a more streamlined and targeted approach in order to tackle the problem we are facing,” Munroe said.

Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe

“I am encouraging parents and guardians of young men and women who are presenting challenges in the home, at school or may appear to be headed toward a life of crime to contact our Shock Treatment secretariat in order to enroll their child into the program.”

The program, which was initially launched in 2014 under the former Christie administration and leadership of former National Security Minister the late Dr Bernanrd Nottage, was halted by the Minnis administration.

Shock Treatment is an intervention program that targets young men who are particularly susceptible to involvement in gang activities and other behaviors that may lead to them becoming a menace to society.

It was designed to create a shocking experience for the participants, who were mostly troubled teens, and expose them to what life is like in the hands of the law at every step of our criminal justice system.

If people are disturbed by it, they would be even more disturbed by the crime.

– Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe

Asked about criticism of the methods surrounding the harsh treatment of participants in the program, Munroe said: “I want people to think of that to think about how harsh it is for a 9mm, a .40 caliber round to smash into somebody’s skull. That is the reality of what we are seeking to prevent.

“If people are disturbed by it, they would be even more disturbed by the crime.”

The bloodied car that six men, a woman and a little girl were in on Jerome Avenue when they were shot on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Munroe noted that one of the men who was a participant in the show was also one of the six young men killed in a mass shooting on Jerome Avenue mass shooting on April 15.

“So, when you look at the seriousness of this issue, it’s not an issue which politics can play a part,” Munroe said.

“It’s not an issue that we can look away from. It’s an issue that we have to confront upfront.”

The program currently has two previously unaired 13-episode seasons that will be launched first, with updates on the lives of former participants.

It targets young men and women between the ages of 10 and 18. However, officials advised that the current program can only take 20 individuals at a time.

Those interested in participating or enrolling someone in the new program are asked to call 601-4842 or 601-4360.

About Sloan Smith

Sloan Smith is a senior digital reporter at Eyewitness News, covering a diverse range of beats, from politics and crime to environment and human interest. In 2018, Sloan received a nomination for the “Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of The Year Award” from The Bahamas Press Club for her work with Eyewitness News.


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