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Public defender says 105 children were detained in St James SOE

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry this afternoon told the Internal and External Affairs committee of Parliament that a total of 105 children have been detained under the State of Public Emergency in St James, between January 18 and October 31.

She informed the committee that these are minors up to age 17.

The Office of the Public Defender is among entities which have been invited to today's meeting of the committee to outline the effects of the states of emergency which have declared in a number of police divisions across the island

The measure is being used as a crime fighting tool.

Harrison Henry also pointed out that 18 people were detained for over 90 days, and one individual was held for 225 days without charge.

She said up to October 9, a total of 3,687 people were detained in St James, and that these were mainly young men.

Alphea Saunders

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