Jamaica Psychiatric Association Responds to INDECOM Report on Prisoners “Detained at Pleasure”


The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) press briefing last week, as usual, highlighted the Commission’s Quarterly Report. The January – March, 2020 Report focused on Jamaicans who are “detained at pleasure” in our prisons. Persons in this category are either children found guilty of a capital offense; persons found unfit to plead by the Court; or persons … More Jamaica Psychiatric Association Responds to INDECOM Report on Prisoners “Detained at Pleasure”

Cruise Ship Workers: A Joint Statement from the Jamaican Government


Cruise ships have proved to be such a headache for Caribbean nations and for countries around the world. Back in early February, the Diamond Princess off the coast of Japan was quarantined, and later, together with the Grand Princess off California produced a total of over 800 positive cases and at least ten deaths. Earlier on, various ships were … More Cruise Ship Workers: A Joint Statement from the Jamaican Government

Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting


I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting

INDECOM Commissioner Addresses the Issue of INDECOM and Police Effectiveness


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Last night – January 11, 2018, in an address to the Kiwanis Club of Spanish Town, Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams spoke about the often repeated claim that the work of INDECOM has had a chilling effect on police morale and has…

UNICEF Worried About Violence in the Lives of Jamaican Children and Adolescents


“He hit me first!” A memory turns itself over. We were driving in heavy traffic somewhere in town, when we observed a scene being played out by the side of the road. A group of adults and one child – a small boy, maybe four or five years old, was being loudly reprimanded by an … More UNICEF Worried About Violence in the Lives of Jamaican Children and Adolescents

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017


It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017

Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates


Social workers love to use the term “vulnerable populations” to describe those Jamaican citizens, whom we tend to sideline, ignore, dismiss and even forget about altogether. I am not sure I like the word “vulnerable” much, but these Jamaicans are indeed “in harm’s way” because of their position in society – their invisibility. We cannot … More Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn


There’s a new online paper Public Opinion launched on March 17. It is Jamaica’s first dedicated online newspaper that aims to bring thought leadership to Jamaica and to uplift public discourse on a wide range of topical issues. It is non-partisan and to this end, representatives of the political parties have agreed to contribute pieces on … More Public Opinion: A New Online News Publication – And A Powerful Piece by Judith Wedderburn

“Everything Connects”: A Visit to Claude McKay High School With Lasco REAP


On January 23, we were trying to find a Jamaican poet; or rather, a school named in his honor, in the place where he grew up. However, we were lost…in May Pen, as soon as we turned off the highway. It’s a town we don’t know well, and Google Maps sadly let us down. Our … More “Everything Connects”: A Visit to Claude McKay High School With Lasco REAP