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Bar Association suggests electronic monitoring, house arrest for crime suspects

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 11:15 AM

The Jamaican Bar Association is suggesting the government implement house arrest and electronic monitoring of people accused of serious crimes instead of its plan to withhold bail.

The association says amending the Bail Act now to automatically exclude persons accused of murder from admission to bail is not an appropriate or effective crime-fighting tool and would be unconstitutional.

It says the solution to Jamaica’s crime problem is not the abrogation of the constitutional rights or erasing the presumption of innocence of an accused person.

It argues that restricting bail might improve crime statistics in the short term but thorough methodical investigation of crimes will likely yield better results.

The bar association also says the technology is available for house arrest and electronic monitoring and should be implemented.