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Prisoners complain about undelivered letters, Public Defender's office investigates

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 1:40 PM

The Office of the Public Defender says it is investigating whether the right of prisoners to receive letters are being breached.

Acting Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu, made the disclosure while speaking last night at a function put on by Jamaicans for Justice to review the state of human rights in Jamaica for this year.

Mukulu says the office has received numerous complaints from persons in incarceration who say they do not get letters sent to them by relatives.

Mukulu says the Office of the Public Defender is obligated to determine whether the communication rights of prisoners are being breached.

The 1991 Correctional Institution (Adult Correctional Centre) Rules, give inmates the right to communicate with relatives, whether by sending or receiving letters.

However, the Rules outline several conditions in which such communication may be halted including a need to maintain discipline or prevent crime.