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Senior government minister warns about incarcerating young people with adult prisoners

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 4:00 AM

Minister warns

about incarcerating youngsters with adults

BRIDGETOWN (CMC):

A senior Barbados government minister is warning against the incarceration of young children, saying to do so is causing "more harm than good".

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, speaking at the first National Conference On Juvenile Justice, said that he is concerned that a vast number of 16 and 18-year-olds were being incarcerated and serving jail terms with adult prisoners.

"I am of the firm opinion that we are causing more harm than good by confining our children to the Government Industrial School and sometimes to Dodds.

"We have under our law a minimum sentence of three years, for example. So you have many young people who are being sentenced to the Government Industrial School for three years. That really should not be," Brathwaite said.