‘PRISON’ TIME FOR NO CRIME - Judges still tossing children ‘behind bars’ for uncontrollable behaviour, years after efforts started to end practice

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Despite solemn promises given six years ago by the previous administration to wipe from the books a section of the Child Care and Protection Act, which allows judges in the Family Court to deem a child uncontrollable and commit them to the custody…

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Child labour chills - Concerns raised as almost 30,000 youths engaged in hazardous work

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According to a 2016 study by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Clarendon recorded more than 5,000 suspected cases of child labour. St Elizabeth followed with 4,126, then St Thomas third with 4,078…

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‘I am going to kill myself’ - Child who committed no crime writes emotional plea to be released from corrections facility

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In a letter written by a child held in a corrections facility, the youngster has pleaded to be let out of bondage and threatened to do self-harm. The child was deemed uncontrollable by a Family Court judge and has been locked away for months, and…

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The cries of ‘uncontrollable’ children and their mothers

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The Sunday Gleaner has obtained testimony from two of more than 30 children who are now being held in corrections facilities after being deemed uncontrollable by a Family Court judge. Human rights advocacy group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has…

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Truckers under the gun

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Truck drivers who distribute goods from Kingston to the north coast are being plagued by armed robbers as they travel along hilly routes in St Ann and St Catherine. Judith Ann Williams-Sharpe, executive director of the All-Island Truckers…

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Editors’ Forum | Fly-by-night water companies disappearing after inspections

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With several questionable brands of bottled water on the local market, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) says many manufacturers have been going underground once investigations are launched to determine the quality of their product. Dwight…

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Editors’ Forum | Expired! - Supermarkets, store owners selling outdated goods to consumers

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Several retailers could be putting the lives of their customers at risk by selling expired or soon-to-be expired food at discounted prices from stores, street stalls and supermarkets in St Catherine and the Corporate Area. A Sunday Gleaner probe…

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‘Aunt V’ deserves better - Duanvale residents rue broken promise of monument to former world’s oldest person

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Western Bureau: More than two years since the death of Violet ‘Aunt V’ Brown, who was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest person, the monument promised by the Government to immortalise her has yet to be…

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Ask Tapia

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How can the relationship between Jamaica and the US be used to improve the current situation in Jamaica to make it safer for returning residents? – Elizabeth W. Elizabeth W, thank you for this question. It echoes a similar question I got…

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Sons of the Sea - Young Rae Town fishermen enjoy dream job

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When Ricardo Williams and Jahvon Evans first took to the sea on their own at age 14, the two could hardly see over the bow of the narrow fishing vessels they secretly ‘borrowed’ while their elders slept at the Rae Town Fishing Village in Kingston…

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