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JCF says detention and courts unit experiencing serious challenges getting prisoner reports

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 1:37 PM

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says its detention and courts unit is experiencing serious challenges in getting accurate and relevant reports on prisoners in custody. 

In the latest edition of the Force Orders, the High Command said it is important that the unit is supplied with current and accurate information for its recordkeeping.

This information is provided to various State agencies. 

All police divisions with lock-ups are required to supply information on prisoners in custody at 7:30 every morning to the Assistant Commissioner of Police, in charge of the Services Branch.

The High Command says the Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of the Detention and Courts Division has special responsibility for Courts and Police Lock-ups throughout the Island.

It adds that this Commanding Officer is required to conduct daily monitoring of the status and condition of all prisoners in the custody of the police, hence, timely and accurate information is imperative.

The prisoners in custody report includes, among other things, information on the sex and number of prisoners in custody, the number of those on remand and those charged but are not before the court.