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Blaine happy with plans to retrofit lockups

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Convenor of Hear the Children’s Cry, says the group is heartened by the announcement that changes to be made to ensure the welfare of children in detention.

She is especially welcoming moves to retrofit police lock-ups to provide special accommodation for juveniles.

However, Betty Ann Blaine says she’s becoming increasingly concerned for another group of children in state care.

She says it appears the number of children reported missing from children’s homes is on the rise.

however, Human rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has taken issue with the government’s announcement that it will be using $75 million to retrofit police stations to house juveniles.

The JFJ says the money should be used to fix places of safety run by the Child Development Agency (CDA).

The JFJ says it should also be used to put in place a system, to ensure children who are detained, are kept in appropriate child-centred facilities run by appropriate persons of the CDA.

It is adamant the police should not be given additional responsibility to take care of children.


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