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Justice Ministry to hold public consultations on new child policy
2013-08-15 18:25:49 | (0 Comments)
The Ministry of Justice is to conduct four island-wide public consultations on a draft policy addressing the interaction between children in conflict with the law and the criminal justice system.
The consultations will be held next week in Kingston and St Andrew, St Mary, St James and St Elizabeth.
The first of the consultations is to be held at the St Andrew High School for Girls, in Kingston, on Monday.
The Justice Ministry says the national child diversion policy is to establish a formal framework for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice process.
It says the policy is geared towards ensuring that detention or institutionalisation of children is a last resort.
The Ministry says the approach is in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The purpose of these consultations is to educate and sensitise the Jamaican public and gain feedback on the policy.
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