New policy coming January for people in police lock-up
The National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, says a new policy to regulate the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty should be in effect by the end of January next year.
According to Bunting, a Cabinet subcommittee tasked with developing a strategic response to the issue of the treatment of persons in lock-ups and correctional facilities is now rapping up its work.
He says the new lock-up administration policy is among several recommendations contained in a draft report set to go before the Cabinet for approval next month.
Ahead of the new policy, the Police High Command has issued a revised version of the current policy to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
In the Force Orders last week, the High Command said several incidents in recent times reinforced the need for the review.
The Office of the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Cabinet subcommittee in the aftermath of the August 3 beating of 31-year-old construction worker, Mario Deane, at the Barnett Street Police lock-up.
He died in hospital three days later.
Since Deane's death, at least five other inmates have died in police custody across Jamaica.