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  • Cabinet has approved a Special Order making lands available to National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors in Balaclava, St. Elizabeth.
  • The Balaclava Housing Development is situated on a 52-acre property. It comprises 112 serviced lots, including 109 residential lots, three agricultural lots, a green area, playfield, community recreational area, infiltration ponds and a buffer zone.
  • Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the solutions are now ready for sale, and persons need to meet the basic criteria regarding contributions, and the minimum number of points under the Priority Entitlement Index (PIE).

Cabinet has approved a Special Order making lands available to National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors in Balaclava, St. Elizabeth.

The Balaclava Housing Development is situated on a 52-acre property. It comprises 112 serviced lots, including 109 residential lots, three agricultural lots, a green area, playfield, community recreational area, infiltration ponds and a buffer zone.

Making the disclosure at a Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on May 6,  Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the solutions are now ready for sale, and persons need to meet the basic criteria regarding contributions, and the minimum number of points under the Priority Entitlement Index (PIE).

“Under the Order, 28 housing solutions in the scheme will be made available to NHT contributors who are public sector workers, senior citizens, young adults and persons with disabilities,” the Minister said.

She also informed that Cabinet has approved the issuing of drafting instructions for the reform of Plea Bargain, and Negotiations under the Criminal Justice Act 2005.

The Minister said although the Act was promulgated some 10 years ago, plea   negotiations have hardly been used, as only 10 agreements have gone before the Courts since amendment to the Act, in 2010.

“The plea bargaining system has proved to be an effective mechanism for securing convictions in other jurisdictions, and could prove an important law enforcement tool in Jamaica,” she said.

The latest reform measures proposed include: Designation of Pleas Judges in both the Supreme and Resident Magistrate’s Courts; and post-sentencing plea negotiations, where a prisoner who is serving a term wishes to assist the prosecution, and in so doing, may have his sentence reduced.