Photo by: The Jamaica Gleaner
Human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice, JFJ, says it continues to receive complaints about the poor living conditions of wards at several juvenile correctional facilities across the island.
The statement comes on the 14-year anniversary of the fire at the Armadale Juvenile Correction Centre in St Ann, which claimed the lives of seven girls.
Dozens more were left injured.
Policy and Advocacy Specialist at JFJ, Jade Williams, says its unfortunate that after such a tragedy, several recommendations have still not been implemented to prevent history repeating itself.
Jade Williams, Policy and Advocacy Specialist at JFJ.
It’s alleged that the 2009 fire may have been caused by the use of tear gas by police who were trying to quell a disturbance at the facility after approximately 23 girls were placed in a dormitory as a means of punishment.