Effective Citizenship

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Effective Citizenship
Article Summary & Report
December 7, 2012

SUMMARY
The article entitled “Who’s Responsible?” written by Tyrone Reid, a senior staff reporter, was published on October 14, 2012 in the Sunday Gleaner. It spoke of someone illegally taking our children to jail, and that children are being locked up by agencies which are set to protect them. Within the article, the writer stated that misleading documents had been issued about the Child Development Agency (CDA) officers taking children in need of care and protection to police lock ups. Nevertheless, despite the fact that they say the documents were misleading, the Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, is demanding full explanation for this so called misunderstanding. She indents to order a process audit of the CDA to verify how reports of children, being accused of crime, can be held in adult housing (issued by the Sunday gleaner) can be right. Similar documents could also be seen stating that children were being forced to sojourn in police custodies for over two weeks. The Detention and Courts Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) organized the names of the children who were reported taken from abusive homes and remands them to the walls of the horrifying police cells. This document showed how CDA officials allowed this to transpire. Conversely, Carla Francis Edie, chief executive officer of the CDA, among others declares that the document is incorrect. On the other hand, Dr. Carolyn Gomes, executive Director of Human- Rights Lobby Jamaica for Justice (JFJ), is unconvinced by the CDA’s denial. Dr. Gomes stated that the mistake was not made once, but many times, and in such a case this mistake should have been corrected, and the claim did not come from one police division, but many. This human rights activist thinks that it is insensitive to recruit children abusive homes and consign them in lock ups. If the whole situation is a misunderstanding, well it is safe to say...
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