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Raise Your Voice St. Lucia concerned about continued imprisonment of mother of month-old baby

By Raise Your Voice St. Lucia

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prisonPRESS RELEASE – We are concerned, to date, a decision to release a young girl and her month old baby from jail has not been resolved, a young girl who has been a ward of the state from the age of ten (10), when the Department of Human Services & the Family Court deemed her mother unfit and placed her in foster care at the Transit Home, information received indicated she would be released on November 11th, 2016.

Last check revealed she was still incarcerated at the Bordelaise Correctional Facility a maximum security prison being physically abused by another female prisoner who is on remand for Murder.

We continue to call on the Government of Saint Lucia and Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, Hon. Leonard Montoute, to conduct an urgent and independent investigation into the Department of Human Services, the Transit Home & the Boys Training Center, with a corresponding investigation into the information and documentation submitted to the Family Court by those Agencies, also an urgent investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of 4-year-old Milan Ferdinand of Grand Ravine, Dennery approximately one year ago while in foster care under the supervision of the Department of Human Services.

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6 comments

  1. The girl has to serve the courts sentence regardless of her health status, as long as it is not life threatening. We must be careful of how we shout out for leniency. This girl was given an opportunity by the court to apologize for her criminal act but she refused.

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  2. Since when does the sentencing for crimes committed have to do with ones health status?

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  3. This is a serious human rights issue. Which they would pursue justice for the victim as they do for criminals.

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    • There is no issue here. The woman is in prison and she decided to have her baby there with her. She can have the baby taken care of by family. But isnt she the parent who landed herself there, also inadvertently birthing there? then she is responsible for her baby being there. not the state, not anyone else. The victim here is whoever she committed a crime against and the baby. but the baby isnt forced to be there.
      SHE CANNOT USE THE BABY AS A REASON TO GET OUT OF JAIL SOONER THAN SHE SHOULD.
      OTHERWISE ALL FATHERS WHO ARE IN JAIL WITH BABIES BORN WHILE THERE SHOULD BE RELEASED TOO. IT SOUNDS STUPID? EXACTLY....

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    • Please how can l a inocent baby be in prison. With the mother.shame Sl. Lucia we should do better

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