Jamaica: Thirty year-old Grandmas helping to raise child criminals, says Counsellor

Originally published by Stabroek News on 24/05/2020


Due to the suspension of physical classes and job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a risk that the number of child offenders will increase.Since March at least 68 children in Jamaica have either been detained or remanded in state care facilities. However, in the Corporate Area courts there were over 100 active children criminal matters.While some matters (e.g., domestic and child-related matters in the specialized Family Courts) have not been suspended, many other children accused of a variety of crimes may be forced to wait until the courts reopen for their hearings.

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