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

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PNP’s 2016 manifesto silent on LGBT matters, very little on vulnerable groups #Javote2016 #DecisionJa2016

So I rushed to my PC when word came early yesterday that the eagerly anticipated People’s National Party, PNP manifesto for the upcoming February 25 election date was ready for viewing. I am been ambivalent on whether to vote or not or who to vote for or what issues that jostle for top priority in my mind; only to be perusing the rather shorter than usual document in only 72 pages a far cry from manifestos in times past from both major parties. The 2011 document came in two parts a longer version though limited available and then a subsequent 70 page condensed version.

Very little was said general with vagaries more so than anything else in this election cycle’s release. JFLAG in a sense made a sensible move by launching a petition based on the Vision 2030 goals while encouraging both parties vying to consider. Check out my post on it on sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica HERE.

And what the hell does the sentence in the PNP Manifesto saying 'Jamaica is at the intersection of hope and history’ mean?

Gleaner's Lasmay take on the debate debacle made me laugh

today's Gleaner headline: PNP promises first world country

Anyway I have to agree with the JLP affiliated Sharon Hay Webster with her views on identity politics she hinted to this morning on her Freshstart morning show on Newstalk 93FM when persons with those interests do not vote or make such matters a critical election item for to force political parties to have to address them, the so called pink vote has not really factored in many elections which was what led to the obnoxious comments and scoffing by first time MP Damian Crawford just two months into the PNP administration taking office in 2012. He dismissed the notion of any MP coming out or any conscience vote promised or otherwise happening; which was a sign of things to come in terms of deferring on the issue. Repeated sidelining persisted the years following to present led by information Minister (the worse one yet) Sandrea Falconer.

Remember these?

The PNP seems to think that persons are supposed to automatically know what the party intends to do, even after the December run of press conferences on the Ministries’ work and the Jamaica Information Service’s JIS bordering propaganda style but then again I am not surprised that entity has always been used even in the old days when it would have been renamed to API, Agency for Public Information depending on who is in power at the time. Words such as ‘continuation’ ‘improve’ ‘extend’ and so on to suggest an extension of work over time. But seriously the sticky matters of the buggery law even while some very minor if not incremental changes mostly forced by pressure externally and locally on the ground is one thing but as for policy that’s another matter. Just take a look at the now cooled guidance counsellors’ matter and allegations of non engagement (yet to be properly proven) and discomfort by allegedly counsellors with LGBT students and continued inappropriate use of the referrals systems in the Ministry of Education.

No details on issues were present, a point made in an interview with deputy General Secretary of the PNP Julian Robinson on Radio Jamaica’s RJR Beyond the Headlines yesterday, host and Media Association President Dionne Jackson Miller mentioned the lack of depth in the document. Mr Robinson responded in the usual well rehearsed manner that it was not for the lack of thought or the gravity of the hardships faced by Jamaicans as it was more about a continuation of the policies and programs ongoing. I texted in to the show to ask so what about the new developments and or programs that have failed or not gotten off the ground? But my text like many others I imagine may have been lost in the sea of reactions and queries.

The social issues were tucked away on the far end of the document that I had to rip from the internet as a downloadable version was not made available up until the time of the preparation of this post which bothered me as well. One would think that the urgency of this as time winds down to the faithful day such a document should be more public. Bearing in mind the debate flip flopping, barbs from both parties about the opposition leader’s house, dismissal as irrelevant political debates and as frivolous and a deliberate avoidance of LGBT matters of buggery this time makes one wonder if the avoidance of the debate with obfuscations is a move to are now be seen as making promises or suggestions on same for marginalized groups. We cannot forget the CCJ baiting on the altar supposed legalization of buggery if a constitutional challenge goes to the Privy Council as done by the Justice Minister late last year.

Justice Minister exploits homophobia to gain CCJ support

Despite the contents page displaying a list hinting to youth on page 34 it is on 43 and 44/5/7 that something is mentioned on psycho-social matters. It also depends on what platform you are viewing especially on ISUU. 

Then on page 51 gender is dealt with from an obvious hetero-normative construct as the image of a opposite sex couple leads into the page’s contents. 

Page 50/52 deals with the handling of the ‘plight of boys’

Then page 60 deals with the behaviour and code of conduct of parliamentarians but given recent events such as accusations of Youth Minister’s Lisa Hannah ‘battyman’ comment towards opposition JLP colleague Warmington coupled with her long winded television paid ad last evening I found myself flipping channels to US cable shows and back and still seeing this woman after some twenty minutes plus. 

also see: Vaz claims Warmington was provoked & called a B-Man in parliament

Nothing was mentioned of one of my pet peeves homelessness either from a general populations standpoint of LGBT sides as well given recent high profile matters involving the latter; bearing in mind also the aforementioned Deputy General Secretary and member of parliament of the area where the populations have featured repeatedly Julian Robinson I was looking for something specific if it was even one sentence.

The glossy pages and such is OK but as for contents I am not impressed, the 2011 document and indeed the 2007 release as well was at least stocky and worth reading through although they too lacked specifics regarding LGBTQ matters, rights & recognition and policy direction or development for same. At least in the 2011 manifesto they spoke specifically to Gender in far more clarity on page 61;
they also spoke to Gender in Development on the same page over to 62. Page 63 at the time also went into special interest groups but the family life component still was a hetero-normative based look to it with a opposite sex couple with children as the tag in the lead in.

So we have been shafted for the most part yet again in this manifesto albeit behind the scenes negotiations and such may be ongoing as they were when I was more active inside JFLAG and other efforts but the proof of the pudding is not there yet in my eyes to suggest any real impact. Then we have to contend with a push by the Jamaica Labour Party, JLP to have a referendum on Buggery & the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ obviously pandering to the religious right movements and their anti LGBT rights agenda. 

also see:

Of note the JLP 2011 manifesto (134 pages) on page 82 spoke to human rights: 


Although Jamaica has committed to protecting the human rights of its citizens on paper by signing treaties like the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, its failure to follow through with this commitment is a moral transgression that casts a dark shadow on the nation. The JLP has taken concrete steps to address this issue by entrenching a Charter of Rights in the Jamaican Constitution and enacting legislation that holds members of the security forces and other agents of the state accountable for any human rights violations. Nevertheless, we acknowledge that we have a long way to go to fulfil our duty to protect, preserve, and respect the human rights of all Jamaica’s citizens. We are committed to the journey. 


Charter of Rights & Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Bill 

Bearing in mind they were complicit in cahoots with the PNP having remove the only protection in the draft in 1999 of discrimination due to sexual orientation.

Then the document went on to say on page 115:

“Gender Mainstreaming 

In support of the success of the priorities set out above: 

• The JLP will continue its commitment to Gender Mainstreaming in Public Sector entities, increasing the number Gender Focal Points in Ministries Departments and Agencies and ensuring that gender is integrated in to policies, plans and programmes. 

• The JLP will appoint a National Advisory Council to monitor and coordinate implementation of the National Policy for Gender Equality. 

• The JLP will continue to encourage STATIN and PIOJ to collect and analyse sex disaggregated data to enable better analysis of the needs of males and females and in so doing improve decision making in the interests of both sexes and ultimately, national development. 

The Male Desk 

The following are programmes and activities the Jamaica Labour Party has on track for implementation: • Establishment of Male mentorship Programmes in schools starting with five (5) Pilot programmes. 

• Implementation of skills training and enrolment in JFLL to respond to popular requests from consultative male workshops. 

• The hosting of a National Male Health Symposium focusing on Males Mental and Sexual Health. 

• Ongoing engagement of men and boys across the island in masculinity and gender discussions. 

National HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy 

A Green Paper on a National HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy was debated and passed in the House following discussion at a Joint Select Committee. A Voluntary Compliance Programme has been developed to assist organizations to recognise HIV/AIDS as a workplace issue and to use appropriate measures to contain its transmission. 

Then on page 131:


The homeless are perhaps the most neglected group of citizens. We have a duty to treat them with the utmost dignity. We must provide them with access to shelter, food, and healthcare. We must also help them to reconnect with families. We must also give them opportunities to find employment, by equipping them with the necessary tools, like proper identification, paperwork, and training. 


• The JSIF donated $65 Million for the building of a shelter for the homeless on King Street in downtown Kingston. Construction of the shelter, which will house 150 men and women, is set to begin in 2012. 

• Through the National Council on Drug Abuse and the Ministry of Health’s ‘Tek it to Dem’ Programme, the first ever health and wellness fair for more than 140 homeless persons took place in April 2011. Apart from availing themselves of medical and dental services and meals, the homeless had access to agencies like the Registrar General Department (RGD) and the NIS, which provided them with an opportunity to apply for important documents. Persons also got presentations from the HEART Trust/NTA and the Jamaica Foundation For Lifelong Learning. The ‘Tek It to Dem’ programme, targets mainly the homeless, HIV infected persons and substance abusers in the Corporate Area. The project offers services such as counselling, testing and care in addition to food, clothing and transportation to medical facilities and shelters. 


• Establish in conjunction with churches and charitable and civic organizations shelters in major towns for homeless persons. 

• Include these shelters in the routine programme of public health delivery to ensure proper medical and psychiatric evaluation and treatment. 

• Assign social workers to assist those who can be reintegrated with their families or restored to a life of dignity. 

• Assist the homeless to obtain official documents necessary for them to gain employment.” 

So more specifics were available to chew on and questioning possibilities or achievability. The PNP plans to host if not bombard us with daily press conferences and the television ads are heavy on the ear while boring to me. Social media deluge has turned me off as well as nice glossy ads, flyers and such look great and lure one into a sense of a feel good state but it is far from reality; old foot like me lol are used to political parties trying to grab me or my ancestors. Yesterday for example a JLP decorated truck/town crier passed by and it was pitiful as the men aboard obvious thugs paid for to accompany the vehicle had nothing to say and the MP was missing for questioning or engagement.

 more social media blurbs and then I am forced to swap black dog fi monkey ..... oh lawd!

Observer headline ... yet more le sigh!

Observer's voter apathy nuff, a dead heat

Bill Johnson's Gleaner commissioned poll says a lot (also see: The Line in the sand for the PNP part 6 .......Polls & die hards loyalty

I am left with several questions in my mind such as why is the PNP going out on a limb to attack the JLP (Andrew Holness) on the debate & now Holness house matters if it is that the Bill Johnson & Don Anderson polls suggest they are in the lead. There is something else bubbling that is impacting this move, the closeness seems to be the main one but could it be a nyam out (eat out) the machinery on both ends but do not vote for anyone as persons are willing to sell their votes; we know it happens if ever so discretely. Things are paid for, t-shirts are provided etc for example; or ink dipping prior to Election Day in poll divisions (pds) of the opposite party that is stronger which in turn restricts said voters from turning up on the faithful day as the ink does not wash off for days from fingers and one cannot vote by law thus reducing the impact. Oh boi!

This election is going to be close and I have to agree with Mark Wignall on this as he seem more balanced in his comments albeit he has publicly stated he has voted 4 times for the PNP and 3 for the JLP within the last 7 election cycles.

Peace & tolerance indeed required as the silly season goes on.




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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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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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