Release of low risk prisoners from the Jamaican penal institutions

Release of low risk prisoners from the Jamaican penal institutions

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Prisoners Advocacy Jamaica started this petition to The Government of Jamaica and

The Jamaican penal institutions are in a deplorable condition, inconducive for human habitation. In light of the present pandemic, there is a need to reduce their population, to mitigate against the imminent threat that covid-19 poses should it take over the prisons. Social distancing cannot be practiced in these institutions, with three inmates locating in a 8' x 5' cell. The Jamaican penal institutions are overcrowded.
Further, there are limited sanitary facilities and bathing areas are woefully lacking in these penal institutions. The nutritional and health care of inmates are relatively poor, will exacerbate the impact of covid-19 on inmates. A break out of covid-19 will be catastrophic to say the least.
It must be noted that the Jamaican State has a constitutional responsibility to ensure that a conducive environment is provided for inmates, as they must not be subjected to depravity nor degradation of their human dignity.
We are joining the call by Stand Up For Jamaica to release suitable low risk inmates using the various mechanisms at their disposal to reduce the prison population and subsequently mitigate against the onslaught of covid-19 in the penal institutions.
We are calling on the Jamaican State to act now to preserve the wellbeing of all inmates.

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