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Activist calls for examination of Govt’s retrofitting plans

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2013 | 5:51 PM

Nedburn Thaffe, Gleaner Writer



One human rights activist has called for members of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee set up to oversee the country's economic programme, to examine plans by the government to spend millions of dollars to retrofit the South Camp Road Correctional Centre to house children in state care.




The lobbyist said this was important especially since at-least two of the facilities, once used as children homes, remain in shrubs years after the wards were transferred to other facilities.



Chairman of Jamaica Civil Society Coalition, Carol Narcisse who was addressing a joint press briefing put on by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) today said tax payers also need to pay urgent attention to the Cabinet's poor use of existing budgetary allocations as it relates to money spent on housing children in adult correctional facilities.



Narcisse pointed to the St Andrew Juvenile Remand Centre in Stony Hill and, the Windsor Girls Home in St Ann, as two of the facilities that remain vacant and unfurnished since the wards were removed from the facilities following the deadly Armadale Juvenile correctional Centre fire.



The human rights lobbyist also said immediate action is needed to work out the overall cost for keeping children in adult correctional facilities compared to keeping them in children homes.



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