Mum wants answers

. . . claims her son was beaten in prison

A Christ Church mother is claiming that her son, who is an inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, has been badly beaten by prison wardens.

Elfreda Lily Polin said her 26-year-old son Jamar, who is serving time for theft, contacted her yesterday by telephone complaining that he had been beaten by two prison officers on Monday because he did not carry out an order.


The Sargeants Village resident told Barbados TODAY another inmate had also called her home on Monday evening shortly after the alleged incident took place with virtually the same report.

“[The inmate] called to say that prison officers beat up my son real bad. And then he [Jamar] call back yesterday and say that them want to charge he [and] ask me to go to a lawyer.

Elfreda Lily Polin is anxious for word on her son.
Elfreda Lily Polin is anxious for word on her son.

“I get real offset and I call up there and I say, ‘I want to speak to the Superintendent [John Nurse]’, but them give me another name and he say he going to call back, but never call back.

“I don’t know what going on. Nobody ain’t calling me,” the distressed woman said.

Since then, Polin said she has attempted to contact authorities at the St Philip correctional facility, but her efforts have so far been futile.

Polin, a well-known newspaper vendor who has two other sons who were recently released from prison, said she had not been able to sleep well for the past few nights and desperately wanted to know what was going on with her son.

Based on the reports she has received, the mother charged that even though her son, “might be up there for a punishment, you can’t treat people like no dogs”.

“My son do he things; he admit it. He is still my son at the end of the day,” she told Barbados TODAY, “A bad son is better than none at all.”

“They should not treat people children like animals and I hear it from more than one person,” she indicated, describing herself as an ailing woman who was simply trying her best to raise her children.

When Barbados TODAY contacted the office of Superintendent of Prisons John Nurse this afternoon, we were told he was in a meeting. Repeated attempts to reach him since then have been unsuccessful and prison officials said he was the only one authorized to respond to such reports.

Late this evening we also sent a text message to Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, who has been wrapped up with debate on the 2015/2016 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure. He responded saying he was unaware of the report.

9 Responses to Mum wants answers

  1. Heather Dottin-Bancroft
    Heather Dottin-Bancroft March 19, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Wait since when persons in prison carry cell phones?

    • Michelle Cheeseman
      Michelle Cheeseman March 19, 2015 at 10:29 am

      And where did u read that stupseeeee

    • bajanguyster March 19, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      somebody talking about her son being beat up and you talking about cell phone .where these foolish people does come from?hello you get phone calls in prison madem it is his right at lease you dont know anything ,bajan bajan people wake up

  2. Cynthia March 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I agree that just because he’s in jail does not mean that he should be beaten. We also don’t have all the details of the event. Ms. Polin is clearly a very hard working women and her son (s) have not chosen to emulate her. If you are in jail, that typically means that you have lost the freedoms that you had on the outside. Somehow, I don’t think that it is wise to choose not to carry out an instruction that’s given to you by a superior. Perhaps this attitude is what got him into trouble to begin with.

    Ms. Polin stated that “A bad son is better than none at all.” I beg to disagree. A bad son who ends up in jail can be a present danger to himself and society. But certainly I don’t want an angrier young man being released back into society than the one that went in. When a mother says that her child is bad, he’s BAD!

  3. Tamarind Rod March 19, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    You go to prison to pay a debt to society after admitting you broke the law. You go to prison to be reformed, to be taught to respect others and to learn how to live peacefully among your fellowmen. Prisoners cant be rehabilitated if they will not follow simple orders, or show disdain for the very people who are there to supervise them. I say bring back the “cat” or the “rod” even the “noose” and teach these rogues, thieves, villains and vagabonds, that they cannot flout authority and expect kid-glove treatment. Let these miscreants and scoundrels eat or drink “gruel”, instead of giving them 3 squares a day, at the expense of the public purse(Buhbadus brek).Let the mothers and fathers of these degenerates, complain all they want about the unfair treatment of their beloved sons and daughters, but in the end when their now reformed and reborn children are returned to them, they will be smiling from ear to ear and singing the praises of the very reformers that they once despised and ridiculed.

  4. miss confused March 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Tamarind rod you are not.speaking like a.educated person….maybe if you did something wrong you and were punished to the full extent of.someone’s power over a petty issue you would not say that punish to suit the crime. Why would you want to hang a misguided youth for.a crime when you can work with him… why break a thief hand when you can help him use them for good…if he were a lost cause I understand that but do.not be stupid and air your mouth caz someone did something wrong aren’t we human??? Why was he beaten what was he asked to do?????!

  5. wayne March 19, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    you tried to raise your three sons the right way and yet all three ended up in jail, now you making a fuss cause the authorities trying to discipline him, something you obviously refused to do from early. Stupes

  6. first lady March 20, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Good or bad your children are yours.We on the outside don’t have all the facts who are we to say what he was told to do was something something right and not something bad a lot of things goes on in prison that persons on the outside don’t know about and would never know about all persons in prison aren’t bad every one of us are entitled to make mistakes they have a lot of people on the outside that did a lot worse than some of those prisoners money talks a lot in Barbados don’t be fooled

  7. resha March 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

    People on this page tends to judge persons who the don’t know or know their circumstances. It’s not right at all for them to lay their hands on him, everyone born isn’t going to be good, we all make mistakes regardless if it ends us know prison. Stop judging people and look at the facts. They are other means of punishment . Stupse


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