Presentation to the Jamaicans for Justice Human Rights Forum
by Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, Minister of Justice
Administration policy for people deprived of their liberty.
As you are no doubt aware, in the aftermath of the tragic circumstances of the death of Mario Deane, Cabinet established a sub-committee headed jointly by the Minister of National Security and Minister of Justice. This sub-committee was tasked with reviewing the detention system and developing a strategic response to the situation. Members of the committee included a wide range of private and public sector actors, including Jamaicans for Justice, who supported the deliberations of the sub-committee. The sub-committee completed its work at the end of 2014 and made a number of recommendations, which were accepted by Cabinet and presented to Houses of Parliament in Ministry Paper 89/15 earlier this year.
I should mention that many of the measures for reform which I will address this evening predate the death of Mario Deane, and some of the measures recommended by the committee overlap with work which had already begun to deal with modernizing our criminal justice system.
With respect to process improvements and law reform, the sub-committee made several recommendations for legislative amendments particularly to the Bail Act and the Constabulary Force Act, as well as administrate improvements which would see fewer people arrested, held in custody awaiting bail or held on remand unnecessarily…READ MORE