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Jamaica: Sexual Offender Registry review

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by Alecia Smith (Jamaica Observer) Minister of National Security Dr. Horace Chang has indicated that the Government is considering the possibility of widening access to the Sex Offender Registry in the face of fresh calls from Jamaicans who want to know ‘who is their neighbour’.

Responding to Jamaica Observer queries on Wednesday, Chang said he moved to have the legal team in his ministry review the law in light of arguments that the list of stakeholders who should have access to the information could be wider.

“The review has been requested [so] that the Government may make a decision on the way forward, with the overall important objective being to ensure that the public in Jamaica has information which allows them to take precautions and prevent exposure to convicted predators,” said Chang as he pointed out that the law currently allows for select institutions, including schools, to be advised of details concerning convicted offenders upon request.

Chang said during the first term of the current Andrew Holness-led Administration [2016-2020], a committee of Parliament had reviewed the matter of the Sexual Offender Registry and a framework was established.

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