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August 30 deadline for anti-gang law submissions

Published:Friday | July 19, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The Joint Select Committee of Parliament reviewing the controversial anti-gang legislation has given members of the public until Friday, August 30 to make written submissions.




And persons who make submissions may be required to appear before the Committee at short notice to clarify their opinions.



The Committee examining the bill is being chaired by National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, and held its first meeting on Wednesday.



The bill formally referred to as the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, has been criticised as being draconian and some argue that it could result in the introduction of class bias in police operations.



In her opening remarks, committee member, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange suggested that residents from so-called garrison communities be allowed to play a key role in formal discussions on the anti-gang legislation.



She argued that the proposed statute will impact garrison communities more than others.



It was agreed that Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington or his representative would make the first submission.



Persons interested in making submissions are asked to write to Clerk to the Houses of parliament or send an email to clerk@japarliament.gov.jm.



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