Human rights group Stand Up for Jamaica has requested an urgent meeting with the Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang, to discuss the constitutionality of the suspension of parole hearings.
The hearings were suspended last October to facilitate a review of the parole process.
According to Stand Up for Jamaica, the review, while welcomed, has not been transparent.
The group is renewing its call for the release of the report of the review and the bona fides of the members of the review team.
The human rights organization says it’s received several legal opinions that the suspension of the hearings is unconstitutional and in violation of the fundamental rights of inmates as guaranteed by the Charter of Rights.
Executive Director of Stand Up for Jamaica, Carla Gullotta, says they want to raise this issue very strongly with the minister.
The organization, which carries out rehabilitation work in the island’s correctional facilities, also says it’s in communications with the Office of the Public Defender on the matter.