One of Jamaica’s human rights groups yesterday described the Government’s new anti-crime plan as reactive, saying it neglects how to ensure that criminals are caught.
“All of these legislation kick in after the person has been caught,” said Yvonne McCalla Sobers, convenor of Families Against State Terrorism, adding that the problem was with “catching the people”.
But McCalla Sobers said she felt more comfortable with the Government’s proposal to detain criminal suspects for 72 hours instead of the 28 days that was being considered.
However, she wants to know whether the Government would prescribe penalties for police personnel who breach a detainee’s rights.
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Prime Minister Bruce Golding outlining the new crime-fighting measures in the House of Representatives yesterday.
PRIME Minister Bruce Golding yesterday promised tough new legislative measures to reduce crime, including a minimum 10-year sentence for gun crimes.