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Correctional  officers urge Bent to withdraw resignation

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator — Crime/Court Desk henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, July 02, 2014    

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THE Jamaica Federation of Corrections is calling on Jevene Bent to withdraw her resignation that was tendered to the Ministry of National Security last month and serve out the remainder of her contract.

Federation Chairman Arlington Turner yesterday endorsed Bent's leadership of the Department of Correction, saying she has been the best commissioner the department has had in the past 12 years.

"We were sceptical about her at first," Turner told the Jamaica Observer in reference to Bent, "but she has been the best commissioner the department has had in 12 years."

He added: "The entire correctional staff has endorsed her and we are of the view that she should be allowed to complete her contract."

Bent, the region's first female deputy police commissioner, was appointed commissioner of corrections in June last year, taking over from Lieutenant Colonel Sean Prendergast, who was seconded from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in March 2010.

RJR News first reported Bent's resignation last month. The news outfit said that it was not clear what prompted the decision, a year into her contract. She was to stay on for a month, until a temporary replacement is identified.

Yesterday, Turner told the Observer that he believes that Bent, who has a year left on her contract, had been pushed. But he declined to elaborate.

"This is really a push out," he said. "We really need her to serve her two years."

Turner said he understands that another member of the JDF has been tipped to take over the post but said the federation isn't prepared to work with another corrections head from the army.

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