REACTING TO the national outcry over the death of Noel Chambers, who spent 40 years in prison without a trial, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, last evening, said nobody should be lost in the penal system.
Commenting on the injustice meted out to Chambers, the prime minister said, “It is my position that no one should be lost in the penal system and certainly that anyone who has served more than 35 years should be considered for release”.
This tragedy is undoubtedly ranked amongst the most dreadful inheritances of a penal and judicial system that are in urgent need of reform,” Holness said.
According to Holness, this unfortunate situation must result in a complete and comprehensive overview and overhaul of the system to treat with persons in custody in general and those with mental and physiological conditions.
The prime minister mentioned Susan Bogle and Jodian Fearon who both died under questionable circumstances.