BCF Defends Detention Of 14-Year-Old Amid Concerned Citizen’s Disquiet – St. Lucia Times

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The Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) has defended the detention of a 14-year-old male, although a concerned citizen, Empress Dannie James, is perturbed by the development.

She disclosed that on November 13, 2022, the boy’s mother revealed that the police arrested him in connection with a robbery and took him to court on November 17.

James, President of the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR), emphasised that she was speaking in a personal capacity.

“He was remanded immediately from November 17 until now at the Bordelais Correctional Facility,” James told St Lucia Times.

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“When he was arrested he was thirteen years old and being at Bordelais he celebrated his fourteenth birthday in December,” she stated.

“It is unfortunate and very disturbing to me as a parent that a child, a student of an educational institution would be remanded at the Bordelais Correctional Facility,” James lamented.

“It simply says as a country, our institutions that are supposed to be protecting these minors are failing us and they are even accomplices in them becoming hard-core criminals,” she declared.

The concerned citizen disclosed that on Friday, she visited the teenager at the BCF and sought legal representation for the youngster.

However, a BCF official, citing the Child Justice Act, defended the teenager’s detention, asserting that the institution could not refuse to comply with a court directive.

“We received documentation from the court to admit the inmate,” the official told St Lucia Times.

The official explained that the BCF has a special block for juvenile inmates away from the general population.

“We do not have these juveniles associating with the general population. We have measures in place to protect them,” the official declared.

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