The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more

In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Disgusting, why are so many parents pimping their children?

Why are we devaluing our children so much?

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month continues I was again deeply disturbed by recent revelations of some serious infractions and abuse of children by of all people their own parents. I have known that the problem exists having worked with other child agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the past but it seems a lot has changed and for the worst.

Trouble is that such paedophile and abuse matters are often used a fodder for anti gay groups to obfuscate the debate around the buggery law’s decriminalization or removal as the suggestion is sexual grooming by adults, more buggery cases with boys as victims and other sexually based crimes involving children. Paedophilia is whole different issue and in fact designated a disorder by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, DSM the bible for psychologists by the American Psychiatric Association and other related bodies.

The ICD 10 also speaks to the deviance (homosexuality is not seen as such) and frankly it is common sense once one is an adult and is sexually aroused by a prepubescent individual then that cannot be seen as regular behaviour; that is worlds apart however from innate same sex attraction to other adults but groups such as Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, Jamaica CAUSE, Love March Movement, Betty Ann Blaine (of Hear The Children’s Cry), Rev Al Miller (now in court for 2 matters) and the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship would have Jamaicans believe otherwise to the effect that homosexuals have predatory paedophile intent to catch little boys before their time or when their bodies are ready for sex.

here is one of the latest deliberate conflation of same gender sex, abuse and over simplification of other sexual practices with church imperative(just the title says it all) by Dr Wayne West relying on a call by the PM for kids to go to church:  PM rejects moral nihilism and sexual anarchy : No to LGBTTTIQ….PZism ! No to fisting, felching, farming, scat, chariot racing etc !

also see this letter from the Observer:
Healthy coalition nonsense!
This conflation of same gender sex with abuse that is interwoven deceptively into anti gay advocacy (they cannot declare ignorance in this day of information and ease of access to same) by the aforementioned groups and is one of the main walls blocking progress as it feeds into The religious/biblical fundamentalist anti-homosexuality Imperative, the Christian Church with its fundamentalist doctrines, and the reggae-dancehall genre. A third influential feature in the exceptionality of Jamaican homophobia derives from Christian fundamentalist doctrine which finds constant outlets not just in churches, but in popular culture (in Christian radio and TV programmes), as well as in the rituals of many secular institutions.

also see:
Disturbing Paedophile Case & Conflation of Same Gender Sex with Abuse

Another St Thomas Pastor Accused of Rape ........... Where are Anti Gay Religious Groups?

The Deliberate Misuse of the “Sexual Grooming” Term by Antigay Fanatics to Promote Their Hysteria

One can remember a famous remark often quoted:

“Some of you think that homosexuality is a greater sin than malice keeping.

No way in the sight of God.”

(Bishop Herro Blair, sermon on Television Jamaica (TVJ), 3 March 2003).

The proven brutality and physical and psychological violence of homophobia shows the clear link towards homo-negative messaging from sections of the religious movement, these groups/individuals have been almost mute on other societal ills including horrific murders or when one their own also allegedly commits the very sexual crimes on boys that they use as justification to deny supposed “gay rights.” It is the overt virulence of the homophobia at the expressive level within both secular and religious popular culture. The declaration by Bishop Blair – who is a figure of some political and religious influence – that there is no substantive theological basis for the selective highlighting of homosexuality as the ‘sin of sins,’ and which is our epigraph here, is not one that is often publicly made in Jamaica. The overtly virulent expressive homophobia arguably encourages the documented tendency towards and the practice of physical brutality and violence against homosexuals.

It is reinforced, even operationalized, by three other specific features of the Jamaican situation.

The religious fundamentalist anti-homosexuality imperative has primacy within African-Jamaican popular culture, dramatically manifesting in both the religious and the musical popular. Duality is immediately evident in the medium called ‘street gospel’, a form of Christian dancehall (‘Street gospel’) of which the work of artist Radikal Prodigal (Prodigal Son) is a striking example. The culturally African-Jamaican nature of the form is affirmed and given theological sanction when he declares that God has called out to him and personally anointed him to worldwide missionary discipleship. God has told him not to try to preach like an American, but to be bold in being a ‘radikal yardie’ instead – and to be known as Radikal Prodigal

Thus divinely anointed, Radikal Prodigal then offers a diet of fundamentalist

Christian-based homophobia. The artist attests to the power of the God he serves, drawing specific attention to the anti-homosexual story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. A few tracks later, he has warmed to the task. As a ‘radikal’ Christian, he can and will ‘trample’ a whole list of God’s enemies including ‘b’man’ (presumable homosexuals) and demons, and the less immediately identifiable entities ‘pokeyman(from the word poke suggesting anal sex) and he-man’. This misplaced use of spiritual power is another problematic blockade for reaching understanding and tolerance.

He directly quotes Luke 10: 19, which says:

Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

On this basis, he offers ringing condemnation of those who are mixed-up in ‘buggery’, as well as in vanity and idolatry

The revelation of the pimping, child sex slave ring that was revealed at the back of a market in St Ann found almost by accident or a buck up coincidence is one such matter that has rocked me big time and then the recent near back to back murders of those four boys in Clarendon, the incest case in St Thomas of that nine year old girl by her father and also the numerous allegations of persons in position of trust breaching such trust, namely pastors, police officers (three cases since this year I am aware of but three too many) and so on. Claudette Pious Executive Director of Childrens’ First speaking on a radio interview yesterday April 21 on Newstalk 93FM Freshstart during their counterpoint section made some more disturbing revelations for example:

The pimping of kids as young as 9 years old by parent(s) for money and not seeing them again, she mentioned one case of a boy was pimped as his mother acceded to the wishes of a man who wanted him, the boy was around 15 at the time and the mother got some $30k from which she bought a refrigerator. Other community members upon hearing of the episode have since ostracised her and named her the fridge woman as she gave away her son for one. The boy has not been seen since and this was some three years ago.

The court cases or the creaking legal systems, corruption in such places for such privileged types also in the end allow perpetrators to literally go free, cases languish, all kinds of character references (manufactured backgrounds or even real ones where there was alleged abuse when they were young) are used to protect the accused, arresting officers (even after being subpoenaed after absences from hearings) stop coming to court, an alleged faulty evidentiary material, witness refuse to come to court or lie or change their testimony than that appearing in their statement.

The Reverend Paul Lewis case proved the challenges, conclusive DNA evidence was present but he was set free and is one of the few matters I have heard other clergy men or anti gay religious voices spoke to; maybe because the media kept up with it which also shows up the lack of follow up by media as well, cases die in the minds of the public as other matters compete for our attention of the newer cases are so gruesome they simply outshine the older ones.

Death threats issued to witnesses and families of victims is another matter in and of itself. The sentences for those that go to full conviction are almost a joke.

The finding of a foetus in Seaview Gardens only yesterday, the other matter where a baby was found in a barrel (upright) chopped into pieces earlier this week and stuffed alongside food items contained therein are just two of the more horrible outcomes of our young yet the veracity and intensity of concern that is to come from the religious corner notably the Council of Churches is so low or missing. Yet on homosexuality they are at their loudest. Yes I agree that we must be outraged on ills but the selectivity and deceptive cherry picking by some is even more egregious in the name of morality.

The missing active Christianity that is to highlight God centred principles could not be more highlighted than a story in today’s newspaper where an elderly man was assisted by an entertainer who was moved by his story of poverty where he was living in a fowl coup. Yet no churches or religious groups upon checks and rechecks have moved or joined the assistance save and except for Food for the Poor and other newspaper readers, so church groups again missing their mark and in action that are supposed to be meaningful.

Have we as a nation become so numb to the atrocities?

One can even get more perplexed or disturbed at the numerous missing teenage girls that appear nightly on our TV screens during prime time and a growing number of boys as well which makes it more worrying despite the somewhat calming news in my previous post on CISOCA’s latest report that reported cases of buggery of boys is falling. Old excuses of survival or it’s only some sex it won’t hurt came up as well on the radio program which strongly suggest Jamaicans in some quarters do not see this kind of pimping of children a crime. 

young Ananda Dean who was murdered years ago and unsolved

In fact the other side to this is that the missing teens listed on the aforementioned nightly TV Ananda Alerts (named after a girl of 11 Ananda Dean who was savagely killed many years ago and to date the murder has not been solved there were also 3 more cases in St Thomas, 4 others in Kingston in one week) are actually relocated deliberately by parents/guardians so as to avoid older men coming after them, there is a cultural belief that once a young girl ‘burst breasts’ literally then she is ripe for sex; so gang leaders (dons) and other men with often misplaced bravado (more imagined than real and centred in the supposed power of the penis) influenced by generational sexualized messaging feel they can legitimately makes such demands on girls and now boys as of late by sending a message to parents to send them to the demanding party.

The old Negril beach boy problem that was first studied in 2001 was highlighted by Miss Pious as well (also linked is the rent-a-dread concept though not discussed in the radio show) but the changes are that the boys are younger and or are also involved in cross dressing or maybe pre-operative transgender as the market diversifies itself more openly these days. I can remember one of my last visits to the hip strip in Portmore St Catherine prior to the citizenry backlash and the police stepped up intervention there were some MSM/transgender youth there; a spill over from the population in Kingston and others from the parish capital Spanish Town.

It is going to be very difficult as said by Miss Pious and I agree to break down those cultural blocks and to think in a modern day society one would have thought such ideas would have died, the old lingering one that directly impacts HIV/STI prevention is the sex with a very young virgin as outlined in my previous post of a present case by CISOCA of a young girl who now has an STI by a 20 year old man (age is important given that education and information are readily at hand).

Stories like those again influence the homo-paedophile construct that anti gay groups latch on too easily and then use same to justify their arguments sadly.

I will once again recommend a book I have found helpful to me to understand the psychology of sexual predators.

The recent gender based attacks on the University of the West Indies and same gender loving women who are also attacked or verbally abused have also received very little response for or against by religious groups but mainly from secular entities/LGBT groups which once again fires the conflation or false dichotomies of godless LGBT rights proponents versus Christians and the perception of stifling freedoms of speech.

Working solutions (not aspirational announcements as usual) must be found not just the trial and incarceration or even suggested chemical castration made by some (mostly anti gay voices) we can probably use the Florida model of a residency that addresses paedophiles by various means in including

Pharmacological treatment to reduce libido and subsequent interest in children tempered with self releasing activity such as masturbation but adult materials as the catalyst, not sure how that works.

State monitoring via GPRS typed ankle bracelets hence restriction of movement towards places where children socialize a lot

Supportive legislation so that while freedoms are curtailed the desired effect of treatment of interventions are effected present legislation such as the Child Care & Protection Act, Human Trafficking Acts and aspects of the Sexual Offences bill cannot be effective by themselves such as touching and so on but the people also need awareness programs and so on. They have not quenched the problem. Judicial decree cannot change the heart and like many other laws we have them on the books and they are not enforced.

Psycho sexual counselling and interventions on an ongoing basis

Help victims avoid also becoming predators in later life

Education programs for children (as early as primary school as suggested by Miss Pious) to know how to spot and differentiate play from inappropriate touching

I am one of those gay activists who believe we cannot be narrow minded or wearing visors limited only LGBT advocacy we must also pay attention to other issues though not directly linked to the struggle. A late in the day response when the rest of the country has come from Betty Ann Blaine (Hear The Childrens’ Cry from linked to the aforementioned Ananda Dean case) in a press release seems to be just catching up but Miss Betty was quite fiery and never needed a press release during the anti gay march in Half Way Tree last year and the energy placed in that regard pales in comparison to the sexual abuse or murder of our young.

Peace and tolerance

also see from sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica on sexual assault awareness month:



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Bad Man Nuh F*** Batty (Masculine Men Don't F*** Ass) (The Fear of The Feminine in JA ) 16.04.15

A look at the fear of the feminine (Effemophobia) by Jamaican standards & how it drives the homo-negative perceptions/homophobia in Jamaican culture/national psyche.

After catching midway a radio discussion on the subject of Jamaica being labelled as homophobic I did a quick look at the long held belief in Jamaica by anti gay advocates, sections of media and homophobes that several murders of alleged gay victims are in fact 'crimes of passion' or have jealousy as their motives but it is not as simple or generalized as that.

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Recent Homophobic Incidents CLICK HERE for related posts/labels from glbtqjamaica's blog & HERE for those I am aware of.


APJ Website Launch & Link

Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website on December 1 2015 on World AIDS Day where they hosted a docu-film and after discussions on the film Human Vol 1

audience members interacting during a break in the event

film in progress

visit the new APJ website HERE

See posts on APJ's work: HERE (newer entries will appear first so scroll to see older ones)

The Hypocrisy of Jamaican Anti Gay Groups & Selective Actions of Societal Ills

The selectivity of the anti gay religious voices on so called societal ills is examined in this podcast as other major issues that require the "church" to have spoken up including sexual abuse by pastors in recent times yet mere silence on those matters is highlighted.

Why are these groups and so called child rights activists creating mass hysteria and have so much strength for HOMOSEXUALITY but are quiet on corruption in government, missing children, crime in the country and so much more but want to stop same gender loving persons from enjoying peace of mind and PRIVACY?

Also is the disturbing tactic of deliberately conflating paedophilia with same gender sex as if to suggest reforming the buggery law will cause an influx of buggered children when we know that is NOT TRUE.

MSM/Trans homeless - From gully to graveyard

When are lives interrupted be allowed a real honest chance to move from interruption to independence and stability? I just cannot tell you friends.

An article appeared in the gleaner today that just sent me into sadness mode again with this ugly business of LGBTQI homelessness. The author of the piece needs an intervention too as he (Ryon Jones) uses terms such as cross dressers and or homeless men which if transgender persons are present they cannot be described or seen as such, sigh another clear display of the lack of impact and reach of so called advocacies and advocates who are more interested in parading as working but really aint having much impact as they ought to or claim.

We are told of houses being put together from time in memorial; the Dwayne’s House project seems dead in the water, the Larry Chang (named after a JFLAG cofounder) seems stuck in the mud and Colour Pink’s so called Rainbow House seems insignificant in relation to the size and scope of the national problem. JFLAG as presented on this blog is obviously not interested in getting their hands dirty really on homelessness save and except for using the populations as cannon fodder and delegating same; as far as I am concerned presenting them as victims of homophobia which is true but where are the programs and the perceived millions donated or granted since President Obama’s visit to address LGBTQ matters?


Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Homophobia - What are we afraid of?

Former host of Dr Sexy Live on Nationwide radio and Sexologist tackles in a simplistic but to the point style homophobia and asks the poignant question of the age, What really are we as a nation afraid of?

It seems like homosexuality is on everyone's tongue. From articles in the newspapers to countless news stories and commentaries, it seems like everyone is talking about the gays. Since Jamaica identifies as a Christian nation, the obvious thought about homosexuality is that it is wrong but only male homosexuality seems to influence the more passionate responses. It seems we are more open to accepting lesbianism but gay men are greeted with much disapproval.

Dancehall has certainly been very clear where it stands when it comes to this issue with various songs voicing clear condemnation of this lifestyle. Currently, quite a few artistes are facing continuous protests because of their anti-gay lyrics. Even the law makers are involved in the gayness as there have been several calls for the repeal of the buggery law. Recently Parliament announced plans to review the Sexual Offences Act which, I am sure, will no doubt address homosexuality.

Jamaica has been described as a homophobic nation. The question I want to ask is: What are we afraid of? There are usually many reasons why homosexuality is such a pain in the a@. Here are some of the more popular arguments MORE HERE

also see:
Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

Sexuality - What is yours?

The Deliberate Misuse of the “Sexual Grooming” Term by Antigay Fanatics to Promote Their Hysteria

Just as I researched on-line in NOT EVEN five minutes and found a plethora of information and FACTS on Sexual Grooming (and thanks to Dr Karen Carpenter for some valuable insight I found out what Sexual Grooming was) so too must these fanatics go and do the same and stop creating panic in the country.

The hysteria continues from the Professor Bain so called protests to protect freedom of speech and bites at the credibility of the LGBT lobby collectively continues via Duppies Dupe UWI articles when the bigger principle of the conflict of interest in regards to the greater imperative of removing/preserving archaic buggery laws in the Caribbean dependent on which side one sits is of greater import when the professor’s court testimony in Belize went against the imperative of CHART/PANCAP goals is the more germane matter of which he was former head now temporarily reinstated via a court ex-parte injunction. The unnecessary uproar and shouting from the same hysterical uninformed quarters claiming moral concerns ....... MORE CLICK HERE

also see if you can

JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness


In a shocking move JFLAG decided not to invite or include homeless MSM in their IDAHO activity for 2013 thus leaving many in wonderment as to the reason for their existence or if the symposium was for "experts" only while offering mere tokenism to homeless persons in the reported feeding program. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ENTRY HERE sad that the activity was also named in honour of one of JFLAG's founders who joined the event via Skype only to realize the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonor. Have LGBT NGOs lost their way and are so mainstream they have forgotten their true calling?

also see a flashback to some of the issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless LGBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

Steps to take when confronted by the police & your rights compromised:

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

b) Only give name and address and no other information until a lawyer is present to assist

c) Try to be polite even if the scenario is tense

d) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

f) Never sign to a statement other than the one produced by you in the presence of the officer(s)

g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated

i) When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

Vacant at Last! ShoemakerGully: Displaced MSM/Trans Persons were is cleared December 2014

CVM TV carried a raid and subsequent temporary blockade exercise of the Shoemaker Gully in the New Kingston district as the authorities respond to the bad eggs in the group of homeless/displaced or idling MSM/Trans persons who loiter there for years.

Question is what will happen to the population now as they struggle for a roof over their heads and food etc. The Superintendent who proposed a shelter idea (that seemingly has been ignored by JFLAG et al) was the one who led the raid/eviction.

Also see:

the CVM NEWS Story HERE on the eviction/raid taken by the police

also see a flashback to some of the troubling issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless GBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

May 22, 2015, see: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston

New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker Gully LGBT Homeless Population

Superintendent Murdock

The same cop who has factored in so many run-ins with the youngsters in the Shoemaker Gully (often described as a sewer by some activists) has delivered on a promise of his powerpoint presentation on a solution to the issue in New Kingston, problem is it is the same folks who abandoned the men (their predecessors) from the powerful cogs of LGBT/HIV that are in earshot of his plan.

This ugly business of LGBTQ homelessness and displacements or self imposed exile by persons has had several solutions put forth, problem is the non state actors in particular do not want to get their hands dirty as the more combative and political issues to do with buggery's decriminalization or repeal have risen to the level of importance more so than this. Let us also remember this is like the umpteenth meeting with the cops, some of the LGBT homeless persons and the advocacy structure.

Remember JFLAG's exclusion of the group from that IDAHO symposium on LGBT homelessess? See HERE, how can we ask the same people who only want to academise and editorialise the issue to also try to address their own when they do not want to get their hands dirty but publish wonderful reports as was done earlier this month, see HERE: (re)Presenting and Redressing LGBT Homelessness in Jamaica: Towards a Multifaceted Approach to Addressing Anti-Gay Related Displacement also LGBT homelessness has always been with us from the records of Gay Freedom Movement(1974) to present but the current issues started from 2009, see: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009 as carried on sister blog Gay Jamaica Watch. CLICK HERE for FULL post of this story.

Gender Identity/Transgederism Radio discussion Jamaica March 2014

Radio program Everywoman on Nationwide Radio 90FM March 20th 2014 with Dr Karen Carpenter as stand-in host with a transgender activist and co-founder of Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica and a gender non conforming/lesbian guest as well on the matters of identity, sex reassignment surgery and transexuality.

CLICK HERE for a recording of the show


As promised here is another periodical update on an income generating/diligence building project now in effect for some now seven former homeless and displaced MSM in St Catherine, it originally had twelve persons but some have gotten jobs elsewhere, others have simply walked away and one has relocated to another parish, to date their weed whacking earning business capacity has been struggling as previous posts on the subject has brought to bear.

Although some LGBT persons residing in the parish have been approached by yours truly and others to increase client count for the men costs such as gas and maintenance of the four machines that are rotated between the enrolled men are rising weekly literally while the demand is instead decreasing due to various reasons.

Newstalk 93FM's Issues On Fire: Polygamy Should Be Legalized In Jamaica 08.04.14

debate by hosts and UWI students on the weekly program Issues on Fire on legalizing polygamy with Jamaica's multiple partner cultural norms this debate is timely.

Also with recent public discourse on polyamorous relationships, threesomes (FAME FM Uncensored) and on social.

What to Do .....

a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:

1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues

If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -

If one is locked up then the following may apply:
Locked up over a weekend - Arrested pursuant to being charged or detained There must be reasonable suspicion i.e. about to commit a crime, committing a crime or have committed a crime.

There are two standards that must be met:

1). Subjective standard: what the officer(s) believed to have happened

2). Objective standard: proper and diligent collection of evidence that implicates the accused To remove or restrain a citizen’s liberty it cannot be done on mere suspicion and must have the above two standards

 Police officers can offer bail with exceptions for murder, treason and alleged gun offences, under the Justice of the Peace Act a JP can also come to the police station and bail a person, this provision as incorporated into the bail act in the late nineties

 Once a citizen is arrested bail must be considered within twelve hours of entering the station – the agents of the state must give consideration as to whether or not the circumstances of the case requires that bail be given

 The accused can ask that a Justice of the Peace be brought to the station any time of the day. By virtue of taking the office excluding health and age they are obliged to assist in securing bail

"Bail is not a matter for daylight

Locked up and appearing in court

 Bail is offered at the courts office provided it was extended by the court; it is the court that has the jurisdiction over the police with persons in custody is concerned.

 Bail can still be offered if you were arrested and charged without being taken to court a JP can still intervene and assist with the bail process.

Other Points of Interest

 The accused has a right to know of the exact allegation

 The detainee could protect himself, he must be careful not to be exposed to any potential witness

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

 If over a long period without charge a writ of habeas corpus however be careful of the police doing last minute charges so as to avoid an error

 Every instance that a matter is brought before the court and bail was refused before the accused can apply for bail as it is set out in the bail act as every court appearance is a chance to ask for bail

 Each case is determined by its own merit – questions to be considered for bail:

a) Is the accused a flight risk?

b) Are there any other charges that the police may place against the accused?

c) Is the accused likely to interfere with any witnesses?

d) What is the strength of the crown’s/prosecution’s case?

 Poor performing judges can be dealt with at the Judicial Review Court level or a letter to the Chief Justice can start the process

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Battle Lines Javed Jaghai versus the state & the Jamaica Buggery Law

Originally aired on CVM TV December 8th 2013, apologies for some of the glitches as the source feed was not so hot and it kept dropping from source or via the ISP, NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED and is solely for educational and not for profit use and review. The issue of the pending legal challenge in the Constitutional Court in Jamaica as filed by Javed Jaghai an outspoken activist who happens also to be openly aetheist.

The opposing sides are covered as well such as
The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society
The Love March
Movement Jamaica

The feature seems destined for persons who are just catching up to the issues and repositioning JFLAG in particular in the public domain as their image has taken a beating in some respects especially on the matter of the homeless MSM front. They need to be careful that an elitist perception is not held after this after some comments above simplistic discourse, the use of public agitation as beneath some folks and the obvious overlooking of the ordinary citizen who are realy the ones who need convincing to effect the mindset change needed and the national psyche's responses to homosexuality in general.

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