After almost a week, the Holness-administration has broken its silence on the damning report of the Public Defender on the conditions under which persons are being detained in the State of Public Emergency in St James.

National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang responded to the concerns today.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Chang, says more than 200 fewer people have been killed in St. James this year compared to a similar period last year.

Dr. Chang made the disclosure during an interview this afternoon with Nationwide News.

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Dr. Chang says the security forces in St. James have not been randomly placing people behind bars. He says intelligence is being used to disrupt gang activity.

Dr. Chang says work has been done to improve conditions being faced by both detainees and Police officers in St. James.

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Dr Chang says conditions in the detention facilities have improved. He says Public Defender, Arlene Harrison-Henry, may have been guided by the initial phase of the state of public emergency during her recent report to Parliament.

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Dr. Chang says communities in St. James are steadily increasing their cooperation with the Police.

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