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  • During the period September to December 2014, the three working groups met and deliberated on the critical areas identified with a view to inform the Sub Committee’s report to Cabinet.
  • Sub Committee meetings were convened in October and December 2014 respectively to discuss the recommendations of the three working groups.
  • The Secretariat of the Sub-Committee is currently putting together the report of the agreed recommendations for implementation. This report will be submitted to Cabinet by the end of this year.

In a bid to keep the public informed on the progress being made regarding the work of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on the Review of the Detention System, the Honourable Peter Bunting, Minister of National Security, and Senator the Honourable Mark Golding, Minister of Justice, advise that consequent on the first meeting held on August 28, 2014, three working groups were formed as follows:

  • Working Group No 1: to examine the issue of the reduction of overcrowding in detention facilities and present their recommendations.
  • Working Group No 2: to examine the Lock-Up Administration Policy and Procedures and present their recommendations.
  • Working Group No 3: to examine the infrastructure and logistics of the detention facilities, and present their recommendations.

During the period September to December 2014, the three working groups met and deliberated on the critical areas identified with a view to inform the Sub Committee’s report to Cabinet.

Sub Committee meetings were convened in October and December 2014 respectively to discuss the recommendations of the three working groups. The Secretariat of the Sub-Committee is currently putting together the report of the agreed recommendations for implementation. This report will be submitted to Cabinet by the end of this year.

A major outcome of the Sub-Committee for immediate implementation is a new Administration Policy for Persons Deprived of their Liberty. This will cover police lock-ups as well as facilities operated under the auspices of the Department of Correctional Services. Once accepted/approved by Cabinet, this policy can be implemented early in 2015.

The Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Justice remain committed to providing the highest quality of care, protection and rehabilitation to all persons in the custody of the state.

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