Govt implementing mechanisms as part of Justice Sector Reform – AG Williams

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Govt implementing mechanisms as part of Justice Sector Reform – AG Williams

─ govt reviewing treatment of mentally ill persons by prison system

─ exploring funding options for implementing Juvenile Justice,
Whistleblower Legislation, training in Cyber Crime Legislation

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams, SC.,
said recently that government is working on implementing several
mechanisms as part of the Justice Sector Reform initiative.

These measures, the AG said, include steps to reduce the prison
population, reduce the number of young persons incarcerated, looking
at alternative sentencing and restorative justice, establishing legal
aid services and improving probation services.
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> Importantly, the Attorney General noted that government is also reviewing the treatment of mentally ill persons by the prison system. “It doesn’t help that you take them and you throw them in the general prisons with everyone else.”

Such persons, the AG said, should not be treated in the same manner as
mentally stable prisoners.

Under an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project, the government
is engaging a consultant and a report will be submitted shortly, AG
Williams disclosed.

The Attorney General noted that government is exploring funding
options for training in relation to the Cyber Crime Legislation.

He said the IDB was approached about funding in this regard for the
training of police officers, prosecutors, magistrates and judges,
however, because of donor fatigue suffered under the previous regime,
the IDB was unable to provide funding.

The Whistleblower and Juvenile Justice Legislation which were passed
in the National Assembly also require funding to move to the
implementation stage and the government is also exploring options, he
added.

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