Legal Representation Fund for Jamaican prisoners

* - artwork by Monica Trinidad (monicatrinidad.com )

We are raising funds to cover court costs to release prisoners in Jamaica who have been incarcerated and awaiting trial for decades and provide financial support. On June 3rd the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) released a report with details of an investigation into the death of Noel Chambers at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre on January 27 2020. Noel Chambers was 81 when he died and was sent to prison on February 4, 1980. He was in prison for 40 years without a trial. He was found in horrific physical condition. Emaciated. Bed sores. Vermin bites.
 
INDECOM reported that there are at least 146 prisoners who are detained and awaiting trial. At least 15 prisoners have been incarcerated and awaiting trial for over 30 years.

Table: Length of time mentally ill detainees held at the Governor General's Pleasure/Court's Pleasure/Unfit to Plead - Awaiting Trial
Left Column - Years Detained; Right Column - Number of prisoners 

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INDECOM gave specific examples:

LF has been incarcerated for 19 years, at the Governor General’s Pleasure for the offences of house breaking and larceny as well as assault at common law. The inmate’s psychiatric condition is fit to plead. The last listed court date was 2001.

MB has been incarcerated for 31 years, at the Governor General’s Pleasure for an offence of burglary with intent. The inmate’s psychiatric condition is fit to plead. The last listed court date was 1989.

AM has been incarcerated for 45 years, at the Governor General’s Pleasure for an offence of murder. The inmate’s psychiatric condition is fit to plead. The last listed court date was 1975.

SD has been incarcerated for 38 years, at the Governor General’s Pleasure for an offence of murder. The inmate’s psychiatric condition is fit to plead. The last listed court date was 1982.

GW has been incarcerated for 49 years, at the Court’s Pleasure for an offence of murder. The inmate’s psychiatric condition (fit or unfit for trial) is unknown. The last listed court date was 1970.

EE has been incarcerated for 49 years, at the Court’s Pleasure for an offence of murder. The inmate’s psychiatric condition (fit or unfit for trial) is unknown. The last listed court date was 2000.

MM has been incarcerated for 44 years, at the Court’s Pleasure for an offence of murder. The inmate’s psychiatric condition (fit or unfit for trial) is unknown. The last listed court date was 1976.

IP has been incarcerated for 43 years, at the Governor General’s Pleasure for an offence of murder. The inmate’s psychiatric condition states is unfit to plead. The last listed court date was 1977.

KT has been incarcerated for 44 years, at the Governor General’s Pleasure for an offence of shooting with intent. The inmate’s psychiatric condition is unfit to plead. The last listed court date was 1975.

Stand Up For Jamaica represent two of the prisoners on this list and plan to represent more. These funds allow SUFJ to provide legal representation for the prisoners. 

Transfering money directly into SUFJ's account is also an option. If you use this option please let us know so that we can confirm transfer:

National Commercial Bank
37 Duke Street
Kingston, Jamaica
A/C# 064742078
Swift Code: JNCBJMKX

Please consider donating or sharing if you are unable to give at this time. Wish to support in other ways? Contact us.

Transparency on logistics: Funds raised through GoFundMe will go at first in Alexis' account and he will send the funds to Stand Up For Jamaica's account. All funds will go directly to Stand Up For Jamaica. Alexis will not retain any of the funds received.

About us

Carla Gullotta is a longstanding human rights advocate and the Executive Director of Stand Up For Jamaica, a non-profit in Jamaica working in correctional centres. 

Alexis Goffe is a Jamaican currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He has been a part of advocacy efforts regarding the correctional system in Jamaica and child rights for 10 years. He has known Carla for over 15 years.

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Organizer

Alexis Goffe 
Organizer
Brooklyn, NY
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