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Justice that restores relationships

Archbishop Jason Gordon addresses the symposium. Seated at the head table, from left, Prof Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Dean, Faculty of Law; attorney Hazel Thompson-Ahye; Glenda Jennings-Smith, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Security; and Carlos Coraspi, Assistant Commissioner of Prisons, Offender Management. Photo: Raymond Syms

By Lara Pickford-Gordon, lpgordon.camsel@rcpos.org

The justice system as it functions today is now “warehousing” more people in prison than ever before, and young persons remanded for extended periods end up “graduating” in criminal activity.

“The 18 or 19-year-old commits the crime and goes through the legal system, goes into remand and in remand what happens? He now goes from a petty criminal; he graduates with a degree, comes out with BA and Masters, depending on how long he spends in Remand and comes out with a circle of friends who have taught him how to do real criminal activity…It has not helped society by putting this person in Remand,” Archbishop Jason Gordon said.

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