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GRENADA | Gov't legislator pleased with passage of Rehabilitation of Offenders Bill

Government Legislator Dr. Clarice Modeste Government Legislator Dr. Clarice Modeste
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Sept 8, CMC – A government legislator Friday welcomed the decision of the Ministry of Legal Affairs too make the crime of rape, one of the offenses that will not be removed from a person’s criminal records under the new Rehabilitation of Offenders Bill.

The legislation was passed by the Parliament on Friday and Clarice Modeste, said “I am very happy to see that those who commit that heinous crime rape will not be provided with opportunity for it to be remove from their records”.

rapeOfficial figures show that almost 50 per cent indictable matters before the High Court here are for sexually related offenses with rape among the top three offenses.

Modeste, who is a medical doctor by profession, said that “whereas as a society we believe in rehabilitation there are some offenses that should never be removed from the records of those who committed it regardless of the age in which it was committed”.

Other offences that will not be removed from the record of convicted of a crime here are murder; voluntary manslaughter; robbery with violence; arson and any indictable offence carrying a penalty including imprisonment for a term of 15 years or more.

It will also not be offered to convictions where a sentence of imprisonment for life and a sentence of imprisonment for a term exceeding five years.

In presenting the Bill, Legal Affairs Minister, Elvin Nimrod, said that it seeks to redress certain impediments which are experienced by many offenders, especially those who committed criminal offences whilst they were juveniles.

“These offenders later discover that their criminal records significantly impede their abilities to secure certain employment opportunities; to obtain certain visas in order to travel abroad either to reside or to access educational opportunities and to ensure their own self-satisfaction,” he said.

The Bill was also supported by Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell  who said he had seen many young people lost good opportunities as a result of having committed a minor criminal offenses.

  • Countries: Grenada