60 per cent of inmates at Dodds on remand – study reveals

A new study shows that 60 per cent of inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds are on remand awaiting their day in court, with only a third of prisoners having already been convicted.

This compares to 25 per cent of prisoners on remand back in the 1990s, said Senior Research Officer in the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit (CJRPU) Kim Ramsay, while presenting the preliminary findings of an ongoing prison study on day two of a National Consultation on Crime and Violence at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium this morning.

“In our sample, 141 were convicted and 297 were remanded and this represented close to seven in ten respondents in the survey . . . 68 per cent of the sample,” Ramsay reported.

She further revealed that 98 per cent of those awaiting trial were male and two per cent female with the majority said to be young people between the ages of 20 and 40, many of who were already known to the court.

In fact, the study showed that 37 per cent of them had previously been issued bail, while eight per cent were on probation, four per cent on bonds, one per cent who were either in a drug or counselling programme and six per cent who were wanted by police.

However, Ramsay said contrary to what many people believe, many of them were not on bail for murder, even though she acknowledged that 33 per cent were on bail for other violent offences and more than a quarter on bail for robbery.

The study of more than half of the population at Dodds, involved 438 males and 16 females.

It also reflects society’s concerns about the rising number of violent crimes in the country, with 27 murders recorded here this year, including 21 gun-related killings.

As evidence of the type of crimes being committed, Ramsay reported that the overall make up of the prison population had changed over the past two decades, while expressing concern that the majority of inmates at Dodds were currently either gun offenders or murderers.

“What does this tell us? Our society has become more violent. We have persons committing more violent offences 20 years down the road,” the senior research officer said, explaining that approximately 27 per cent of inmates were currently in prison for murder, compared to 1997 when the majority of prisoners “were [there] for breaking and entering or some kind of property offences”.

The criminal justice expert further pointed out that while “sex offences were also one of the highest offences in 1997, now they are not”.

However, she cautioned that “it does not mean that there are less sex crimes . . . [but] that less people are coming to prison for sex crimes”.

The study also shows that a quarter of inmates were incarcerated for guns or ammunition, almost as many as those jailed for murder.

“This again is affecting what is happening in society. That we have a more violent society and we have more weapons on the streets and person are being incarcerated for it.

“This was not the situation in 1997.

“In 1997, it was . . . inquisitive crimes, breaking and entering, theft and the third one was sex offences. So we have had a serious change in the nature of crimes and the nature of the prison population from 1997,” Ramsay stressed.

ryangilkes@barbadostoday.bb

17 Responses to 60 per cent of inmates at Dodds on remand – study reveals

  1. John Boost
    John Boost October 12, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Kim what about the femAles they are problems

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  2. John Boost
    John Boost October 12, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    The court system in Barbados is a joke and.cases lag while people like you Draw a salary

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    • John Everatt October 13, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Well, when you have a CJ like Sir Marston who has done precious little to make the justice system more efficient, however who does seem to do well schmoozing at cocktail parties, just what do you expect? The attorney general is almost as useless although he talks a bit more. Through all this political talk we still do not have court reporting in our courtrooms. We still have cases delayed due to the judges being on vacation. We still have far too many lost documents delaying trials. We still have court registrars who fail to deliver court orders to appear in court. We still have judges who reserve judgement for years on end. Maybe if the powers that be could tackle one of these at a time the system could be made to work.

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  3. John Boost
    John Boost October 12, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Who should be on remand is out on bail

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  4. Jason Patel
    Jason Patel October 12, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Lmao

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  5. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite October 13, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Barbados judicary system !!!
    Laughable…is a word that comes to mind !!!
    What say you ?

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  6. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus October 13, 2017 at 7:18 am

    So she saying 70% on remand but the survey only consisted of four hundred&something inmates…..what happened that it wasn’t inclusive of everyone…..you trying ta tell me that some refused to be a part of it….&why are you wasting time & money ta tell us what we already know….smh

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    • Kim Ramsay
      Kim Ramsay October 13, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Do you understand how research works?

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  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 13, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Barbados justice system and all the people running it belongs in a sewer beginging with AG/CJ and everyone else down the line and I mean everyone,but then again what do we expect from a third world place.But if ya from a privilege group and can afford good lawyers like senior cop John Arnell then ya good to go,place is a frigging joke put all this information about garbage justice system in travel brochures too.Surprise none of these hot shot lawyers in Barbados have not contacted any of the international organisations in regards to the slow garbage justice system in Barbados,because simply justice delayed is justice denied.

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  8. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison October 13, 2017 at 7:27 am

    This is totally unacceptable especially when we see the time on remand most of these accused have been there awaiting trial and it just highlights the failure in our system of justice that those in authority seems in no hurry to address.

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  9. Sue Donym October 13, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Good to see that Kim Ramsay is in the forum. I have a few questions.
    I have noted the 27% “in prison for murder”. Does this include convicted as well as on remand?
    Does this 27% represent the largest segment or category of offences?
    Does this 27% include murder using guns or is the gun and ammunition category only for possession/use/crime not resulting in murder?
    Are the results of any studies available that would indicate links to recidivism with genetic, educational, other specific social factors?
    Have inmates offered reasons for their involvement in crime and was any analysis done on their perceptions?
    It would be interesting to know of siblings; parent/child; aunt/uncle-niece/nephew; cousin combinations in prison.

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  10. Greengiant October 13, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Those on remand are those who can’t afford legal representation.

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  11. Marvin Harding
    Marvin Harding October 13, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Adrian Allison y u so sympathetic with these crimals time on remand what about the time of the people they tramatice with what they did to them or the trauma they do to a person they kill u ever been there well both victims go thru traumas only thing the one that die they trauma is short what about those that live it’s long term some require mental care so I shut ya mouth and let sensible people talk

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  12. Sonia Bragg
    Sonia Bragg October 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    That is so ridiculous

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  13. Marvin Harding
    Marvin Harding October 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I agree with the attorney make them spend long terms n prison first before bail is granted take away they freedom they will think twice and when the case come to trial no time spend comming off send a strong message to these idiots.that scheme and plan to commit these crimes

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  14. Angela Phillips October 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Wondering if there is not Pro Bono Defense attorney assistance provided / or that could be provided through the court system. We have such here in the USA. This could help clear the backlog of cases while assisting those who cannot afford attorney representation.

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  15. Sylvan Greenidge October 16, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Well with all respect due to you Ms. Ramsey I did not know that we needed a study to tell us what we already knew. That our judicial system is becoming more corrupt and ineffective in the dispensing of justice. Money is now a primary factor. That a high percentage of inmates are repeated offenders says to that prison system is not working, that the recycling of our criminals is not an option anymore, that our society’s tolerance in not dealing harshly with criminals has resulted in giving the impression to prospective and already hardened criminals that their actions are OK and our value system as a whole has failed. We need to make our parents more accountable for the actions of their children even if one of the parents don’t live in the same house. A criminal offense should always be punishable and commensurate to the crime. Laws are needed to deal with magistrates and judges who failed to carryout the laws of this land. For example. No bail for gun related offense then no bail. Sentence to hang then hang.

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