Too many poor, black men in jail – Agard

Independent Member of Parliament Dr Maria Agard is concerned that the majority of this island’s prison inmates are poor, black men from the same socio economic class.

Speaking during debate in the House of Assembly yesterday on the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Member of Parliament for Christ Church West said “it is a scar and a blot on our culture that we live in a society where the very poor will find themselves as a subject of this bill … 99 per cent of inmates belong to the lower socio-economic class, almost to the exclusion of all others.”

She therefore agreed with the thrust of the Bill, which addresses the need for rehabilitation of such offenders and lays the foundation for their reintegration into society.

While stressing the need for proper reintegration, Agard said convicted offenders who have served out their time in jail, “must be able to throw off the shackles of the history of the offence that they have committed.

“[Therefore], a thief should not be a thief until he dies; a rapist should not be branded as a rapist if he desires to restore himself, if he desires to change,” she said.

Agard also expressed strong support for non-custodial sentences, saying the locking up and jailing of non-violent offenders “is an issue that grieves me deeply”.

She highlighted marijuana possession for recreational use as the “most popular” non-violent offences while suggesting that “a person in possession of marijuana should be treated differently to the violent offender.

“There are some communities where entire families have been remanded for possession of this simple and singular drug,” she said, adding that “it is my hope that I would see the day when a marijuana possession [charge] in this country does not ever carry a custodial sentence, as long as the quantities are within the realm of quantities for personal use”.

99 Responses to Too many poor, black men in jail – Agard

  1. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards December 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Whats new Mam ????

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 6, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    If they do crime what to do with them. Set them free and let them continue to do crime.

    • Michelle Price
      Michelle Price December 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      The is who put themselves there simple

    • Julia Robinson
      Julia Robinson December 6, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Why even put in the word “black’? Bdos is majority black. smh

      • John Everatt December 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

        I was thinking the same thing.

      • John Walmark December 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

        What’s really a problem here in Canada is that black men are not in the majority in population, but majority in the prison system

        • harry turnover December 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm

          Thats’ a DAMN LIE…. Black Canadians account for less than 3% of the total Canadian population, 9.5% of federal inmates today are Black (an increase of 80% since 2003/04). .
          Aboriginal people represent a staggering 23% of federal inmates yet comprise 4.3% of the total Canadian population.

        • Mark Rosmar December 8, 2017 at 7:20 am

          Education is the key to social mobility they have much more opportunities than black men in Barbados.

    • John Walmark December 7, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Hate to say this ,,,, however it’s the same here in Canada ….

  3. Joy Wharton
    Joy Wharton December 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Well tell them stop doing stupid ass stuff!

  4. Committed Bajan December 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Not enough bajan men take care of their children both blue and white collar fathers
    Their role models are the gangsters on American TV and the wrap artists which can only lead to jail
    Bajan men step up and take hold of your sons and save them

  5. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace December 6, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    And who’s fault could this be. There are lots of black men out there that tried hard, got an education, excelled in what they wanted to , is a great productive member of society, and is making an awesome living for themselves and their families. It’s all in what you want from life. If the others want to be criminal and live in and out of jail, then that’s what they do.

    • Ras Small
      Ras Small December 7, 2017 at 12:23 am

      And who foots de bill$?!

    • Gail Agard Wallace
      Gail Agard Wallace December 7, 2017 at 12:28 am

      o.k. Then

    • Huasani Manard
      Huasani Manard December 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Everyone was never given the same chance. We got youngsters up dey jus because of where them live. We got yutes who’ve never been able to get an education.

  6. Jennifer December 6, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    This article is not even worth commenting on, simply because all of you in-house lot knows and have encouraged strainer type systems for yrs which fostered poverty, displacement, dumbing down, funneling and mental laziness of this people. While the same people get rich off the black man/people woes.
    @Angus Benn – do the same with them as they do with the top guns.

  7. Peter R Rock
    Peter R Rock December 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    There are lots of hard working poor black men not jail also…what is your point?

  8. Lennox hewitt December 6, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I no that but who tell them to rob and steel b4 there break n your house u want them set free? But u did not hsve to say black u could of just say men u would of dound better.

    • Andrew December 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Did you go to school?

  9. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss December 6, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Every man in jail is not a criminal

    • Mark Rosmar December 8, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Just like everyone outside not a saint – what’s your point?

  10. Taylor Dane
    Taylor Dane December 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Marry one and give him a chance. Save him

  11. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond December 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    It would be interesting to hear that statement in the reverse a predominantly white country like Sweden. “There are too many poor, white men in prison”. O how we love to pick up jargon from North America whether they apply to us or not.

    • Julia Robinson
      Julia Robinson December 6, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Olutoye, when I saw it, I just laughed. She must think she’s in the US or similar, hahahhha.

    • Samantha Sealy
      Samantha Sealy December 7, 2017 at 1:59 am

      I was wondering the same thing. Why include the word black? How many poor white men in Barbados anyway to warrant the distinction. Some of these people only talking because they can’t bear the silence in their own heads.

      • Jennifer December 7, 2017 at 5:30 am

        @Sam /s – Da stupid so. well said.

        Give this people them 40 acres and the mule wanna refuse to pay da.

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy December 7, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Agreed Olu….

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy December 7, 2017 at 5:38 am

      Samantha, hah haaaaaa, your last sentence took my life…. I diedddddd

    • Kira Barbados
      Kira Barbados December 7, 2017 at 6:48 am


    • Winston Crichlow
      Winston Crichlow December 7, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Is she wrong?

    • Huasani Manard
      Huasani Manard December 7, 2017 at 7:50 am

      So there’s no poor black men in jail????

    • Mary Paul
      Mary Paul December 7, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Yvonne Sealy and you don’t see whats wrong with that?

    • Pho Khus-Harris
      Pho Khus-Harris December 7, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Mary Paul you are correct. You NEVER, if ever, hear of any crimes they commit. And they commit crimes in Barbados.

  12. Cisne Pascal
    Cisne Pascal December 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm


  13. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams December 6, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Many young black men are not in prison all of whom are following the laws of the land. Not stealing, maiming, killing, rapung or dealing with illegal substances!

  14. Tracey Archer
    Tracey Archer December 7, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Maria sit to @$$ down…stand when u have an original storyline to add….stupse.

  15. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 7, 2017 at 12:01 am

    No Miss Aģard poor choices stop peddling this bull

  16. Ras Small
    Ras Small December 7, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Wunna really FEEL dat ALL de men & WOMEN incarcerated mek poor choices?!
    Dey maybe poor!

  17. gsmiley December 7, 2017 at 12:35 am

    You guys seem not to recognize politicking when you see it.

    Ms. Agard doesn’t even believe what she is saying herself. Just spouting rhetoric for attention and hoping for some of it to stick.

    She is wasting time and energy.

    I don’t even know why she bothers.

    • Jennifer December 7, 2017 at 5:31 am

      Ok then, I bet she don’t even care. WOT.

  18. Marilyn C Fields
    Marilyn C Fields December 7, 2017 at 12:59 am


  19. Robin John
    Robin John December 7, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Last time I checked Barbados was predominantly black…who else would make up the jail population by default?

    • Jennifer December 7, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Believe me we got other races getting away. Don’t be fooled, this plantation thinking going strong bout hey.

  20. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton December 7, 2017 at 1:07 am

    So should they be rich white men instead on an island that is 95% black?

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy December 7, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Look so

    • Mary Paul
      Mary Paul December 7, 2017 at 7:44 am

      because when white men committed crimes ibn bim nothing happens to them

    • Helen Charles Knighton
      Helen Charles Knighton December 7, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Mary Paul and pray tell how many white men will it take to fill up our prisons on an island that is 95% black, 2.5 % white and 2.5% Asian? Please let us have the facts to back up your statement !

    • Gail Agard Wallace
      Gail Agard Wallace December 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Do you really believe that? When will everyone just take responsibility for what they have done? You are the only one that went this route. As much as whites are hated, I would think they would just throw them all in there not let them go. So sorry you feel this way. Has to be a bad feeling.

  21. Glendon A Belle
    Glendon A Belle December 7, 2017 at 1:08 am

    It is the messenger here it seems , missing the message

  22. GA Belle December 7, 2017 at 1:16 am

    The headline seems to be the attraction here or maybe its the messenger. we continue to be ashamed of the word BLACK.

  23. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams December 7, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Would be the day when we use the available numbers to do some serious scientific research. I think both the social scientists and medical researchers are missing an opportunity.

  24. Ossie Moore December 7, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Okay ! ! ! Let’s forget the stupid comments made by Independent Member of Parliament Dr Maria Agard and let us look at a more serious issue that Dr.Agard should be talking about

    Why do the black Barbados media ( mainly Barbados Today and the Nation newspaper ) and the black Royal Barbados Police Dept describe black Barbadians with wild animals description ?

    The descriptions given of black bajans make it seems that black Barbadians are either apes , chimpanzees , gorillas , monkeys or orangutans. Black bajans are described by their own black media and black police as having :

    (1) A round head ( should black bajans have square heads ? )
    (2) large forehead
    (3) big eyes
    (4) big nose
    (5) thick lips
    (6) protruding teeth
    (7) bow legs
    (8) knock knees
    (9) large ears

    If that’s the way black bajans look then that’s the way the Prime Minister , Politicians , the Commissioner of Police, the staff of the Barbados today and Nation Newspapers , and the entire Barbados Police force and the entire black population of Barbados look.

    Now how does a country with a 95 % black population expect to get respect from the ” white people ” when the ” black people ” don’t even have respect for one another ?

    Let’s talk about that Dr. Agard ! ! ! !

  25. MIIB December 7, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Ossie Moore is like an albatross. You continue to regurgitate your own vomit on different posts. Wont even bring you in my mind space as you move chat and your persona is that of house N**g*r. The almost identical reply on a previous post…… maybe you have baby albatross at home as only them will eat or want your putrified vomit.

    Well said Queen Robin. Rather than speak of the inequality of race bias in the Criminal Justice System, she has knowingly plagiarised a well known foreign headline which bears no fruit in a black country….foot in mouth disease….Rich Black men don’t do jail, they do bungs and favours…..

    • Jennifer December 7, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Well said to your second paragraph. Why she don’t talk about reparations too on a predominantly black island. I made a comment earlier about the systems and such and it still moderating. All of them know too.

  26. Veronica Wiggins
    Veronica Wiggins December 7, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Who put them there? Themselves.
    Many more are out her hustling and living life

  27. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley December 7, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Poor black men who made the wrong choices. Became materialistic before trying to motivate dem lazy asses. Get rich fast is their ting but not through the sweat of their brow. Stop procrastinating and making excuses for the poor young lazy ass black men whose main ambition is designer everything and the latest technology. Our young black men CAME FROM A POOR BACKGROUND TOO, BACK IN THE DAY. ONE BIG LONG STUEPEEEEEES.

  28. Louise Thomas
    Louise Thomas December 7, 2017 at 5:57 am

    what the point!!

  29. Julie Michele
    Julie Michele December 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

    What a stupid statement and a stupid woman!

  30. Alex Alleyne December 7, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Soon they will be some “RICH ” ones too with a blend of all colours.
    But before we lock them down we must/will take away all the “goodies” , (seize wealth) bank account(s), house, land , boats, automobiles, gold, etc, etc.

  31. Jamar Springer
    Jamar Springer December 7, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Wanna get pon hay talkin bout ppl do this an that when wanna break laws the same way drivin an textin speeding something one way or another wanna time coming when wanna going have to see banister an love to give time

  32. Sheron Inniss December 7, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Three Bims. Colour, class and who knows who.

    Ms Agard sit down man; all of us are not stupid. The election bell ringing soon. All of wunnuh looking for our Xs.

  33. Dawn Peters
    Dawn Peters December 7, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Well said!! it is sad but true

  34. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls December 7, 2017 at 6:28 am

    We all have choices in life. I say they are many many more who are NOT in jail.

  35. Kira Barbados
    Kira Barbados December 7, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Oh well

  36. Allan Ali
    Allan Ali December 7, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Always poor black men.What about poor black criminals. KEEP BARBADOS SAFE FROM CRIME.

  37. Susan Trotman
    Susan Trotman December 7, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Girl you spoke a mouth full..

  38. Rodney G
    Rodney G December 7, 2017 at 7:08 am

    It is amazing when some of them have deprived families of a loved one but are still seen as the victim!

    • Veronica Wiggins
      Veronica Wiggins December 7, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Amen. Sometimes it the breadwinner of the family too and the entire family is thrown into a tailspin.

      • ABURKE December 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm

        THAT is the idea of imprisonment for black men SLAVE MASTER can beat ya the prison take ya then you can never have the family to lead a proper family life !!!

        • Jennifer December 7, 2017 at 10:17 pm

          @ABURKE – Well said. Mind you all of them old colonial our dated laws were made back then for black people. Can a people be this dense. Either or. so sad this people cannot see.

  39. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 7, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Is that prison private owned ???

  40. harry turnover December 7, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Agard,how many poor black men are imprisoned in Sweden Russia or even North Korea ? VERY FEW if any at all.How many poor whites are imprisoned in those places ?
    Those Countries are PREDOMINANTLY WHITE just like how BIM is predominantly BLACK and WHITES will commit MOST OF THE CRIMES there.
    The topic was ….Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2017, so you had to say something on criminal matters ….talk for the occasion is all that it was.
    You should stick to pulling teet,common sense is not for you maam.

  41. MIIB December 7, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Stereotypical values on black men and jail. Jail is a last resort, reserved for serious offenders and those who have been risked assessed as presenting a risk to the public. Murderers, armed robbers, grevious bodily harm, aggravated burglary, rape etc. When you lock people up for weed, for thieving a corn beef or chocolates overburdening the tax payer with bills. Even fraud I believe should be a stiff community sentence with x amount of hours in community service. As bajans we think punitive, lock em up…. too much petty offences result in incarceration and invest time in looking at why we lock up black peoples for stealing food, that’s a cry for help. How much white people on jail? Them got the fraudsters with ATM the other day but I doubt 15. Driving you get met with police hostility, reach in switch off engine, face screw up whilst they are greeted warmly with introductions.

  42. Maureen Sho
    Maureen Sho December 7, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Ding ding ding ding ding. Stop talking and do somethings about it

  43. Huasani Manard
    Huasani Manard December 7, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Law abiding???? What does that really mean when we all sin? We got big shots that rape , thief n some that even murder them own children on road living good. While we got d deprived up in Dodds fa a one spliff n a chocolate bar n bare rubbish.

  44. Ãmen Hotep
    Ãmen Hotep December 7, 2017 at 8:13 am

    But that’s what the prisons are built for…to house the less fortunate…while big ups go unpunished

  45. Tony Tone
    Tony Tone December 7, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Lol thats all you have in barbados…she confuse lol

  46. Rowena Small
    Rowena Small December 7, 2017 at 8:24 am

    loose out all dem and see what will do I sure the have some in there kill and say boldly the would do it again.

  47. J Ann Dripping
    J Ann Dripping December 7, 2017 at 8:26 am

    The female virgin of jepter ince mouth open STORY FALLS OUT.IF u @Maria want to stand in the public eye so bad. My suggestion to u is contact the nation pay them to run a full page ad on u every day that way the public knows who u are. And u can build a fan page without being dub the next jepter ince…..smh

  48. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace December 7, 2017 at 8:29 am

    It always come s back to this. I was just waiting.

  49. gsmiley December 7, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Ms Agard is so desperate to win back a seat that she is now trying to appeal to the criminal element with her trifle.

    Nobody is taking her on. Well maybe Lynette.

  50. Mary Paul
    Mary Paul December 7, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Gail Agard Wallace it has to, there is no unemployment amount the Whites or Asians in Barbados, and the same old archaic justice system created by the slave masters, the same constitution and the same old racism and bigotry. by the way how many white and Asians go to the public schools and University?

  51. Sophia John
    Sophia John December 7, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Why they in jail stupppes

  52. Shawn Phillips
    Shawn Phillips December 7, 2017 at 9:20 am

    In this island called Barbados all people are equal, but some people are more equal than some. Some people can pay for things others cant.

  53. Whitehill December 7, 2017 at 9:21 am

    thanks very much, yours and Jennifer are about the only same and intelligent comments to this article. About a year after returning to Barbados about the time the Europa of a big house and endless sunshine wore off, then I realized that all around me were fools.
    Every day it breaks my heart to see these black men being sent off to prison for a tin of corned beef, now we have a black woman who sees the wrong in this; low and behold she’s tarred and feathered by those who claim to be smarter than their caricom neighbors.
    Where is the emphaty for each other?

  54. Arleen Hall-Hinkson
    Arleen Hall-Hinkson December 7, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Stay far away from Trouble a lot of them in there for foolishness. Get a education find a job stay out of trouble. Make better decisions in life

  55. Pho Khus-Harris
    Pho Khus-Harris December 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

    She may be trying to say: Apply the same rules to ALL criminals.

  56. milli watt December 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    no wonder dey get rid a she from bout de BLP…….. I never read so much IDOL in all my life ssstttuupppsssseeeee

  57. Ossie Moore December 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    MIIB says to Ossie Moore : ” Ossie Moore is like an albatross ”

    Ossie says to MIIB and others who think like MIIB :

    (1 ) Martin Luther King was called all types of names when he was fighting for respect for the black race.

    (2) JFK was assassinated while trying to get all races to unite .

    (3) It’s awesome to talk about the Holocaust while being stupid and ignorant to talk about slavery.

    (4) You get called an albatross because you are saying that black Barbadians should not be described as apes , chimpanzees , gorillas , monkeys or orangutans.

    MIIB, which name do you like better for the 95% of Barbados ?

    (a) Planet of the apes or Jungle Island ?

  58. Tony Waterman December 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    You Mi Lady are Posositive Proof that Education is NOY the Only Necissity.

    Please tell us what to do if/when these young Black men Committ Crimes.

    and please tell us why people like you are NOT out there finding ways to stop these young Black men from Leaving School before they get enough into their THICK Skulls to allow them to become a part of the society.

    When one/some of them ROB you, i hope that you will be changing your SILLY Tune.

  59. Bajan Patriot December 8, 2017 at 10:03 am

    My dear sister, i know you mean well. But hear this. We all have chooses. You and i made a decision to be who we are. In life there are (1) Good and bad
    (2) right and wrong

    I’m an old school cat. I don’t sugarcoat anything and neither should you. Call them out for not being responsible men. Stop trying to paint them as victims.there are not victims. There are criminal.

    Parents need to stop trying to be friends with there children and be parents. Instill good value in them.don’t be afraid to discipline them. If you do that we would have a better society in the world

  60. Helicopter(8P) December 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    To the contributor who mentioned the population of imprisoned blacks as to whites the ratios are from 100% of the defined population.

  61. Helicopter(8P) December 8, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    This Ossie Moore is off the top LOL! but what about the young rabbits!


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