Source: Jamaica Information Service
Over 20,000 at-risk youth have benefitted from the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).
The group is defined as young people who have factors in their lives or experienced events that lead them to engage in behaviours that are harmful to themselves and the society.
UNITED Nations Resident Co-ordinator Bruno Pouezat has commended the Government of Jamaica for its efforts to combat human trafficking within the country.
“At the national level, the Government of Jamaica should be congratulated on its own efforts through interventions by the Ministry of Justice, the National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons, other Government entities, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders. The national system to combat trafficking in persons is improving,” the UN official stated.
Senior assistant director of legal reform, Legal Reform Department, Ministry of Justice, Luciana Jackson, has been appointed a board member of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL).
The appointment was made during the 29th Annual International Conference of ISRCL held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where Jackson represented the Ministry of Justice and made her second presentation to the conference.
Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says that changes are to be made to the Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations and Agreement) Act in order to make the legislation more effective and to speed up the pace at which justice is delivered to Jamaicans.
The Act, which was introduced in 2006, and amended in 2010, allows persons accused of crimes to plead guilty and give testimony or information in return for a reduced penalty.
Gleaner: Letter of the Day Friday | July 29, 2016
THE EDITOR, Sir:
This is in response to your article 'Justice minister blasts judges and justice system', published Monday, July 25, 2016.
With the endorsement from Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, who has proclaimed, July 24-30, 2016 as Trafficking in Persons Week (TIP); Mrs. Carol Palmer, is warning Jamaicans against the many disguises of Human Trafficking.
A well needed endorsement came on the heels of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (TIP). In a proclamation dated July 19, 2016, Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, has declared July 24 – 30 as Jamaica’s Trafficking in Persons Week.
The proclamation speaks to the pervasive crime of Trafficking in Persons and the pivotal role of the activities to be carried out over this one-week period.
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