Administration of Justice

Jamaican Justice System Reform Task Force: Final Report
        www.cabinet.gov.jm/files/docs/jjsrtf_report_0.pdf?phpMyAdmin=36964530831c7b5cd24342ae2600c405

This report on and reform recommendation of the Jamaican Justice System is organized into nine parts: the justice system today; the justice system of tomorrow; the framework of change; the foundations of the justice system; structure, jurisdiction, and accountability; the public and the justice system; criminal justice reform: transforming practices and legal culture; civil justice reform: transforming practices and legal culture; and institutionalizing justice system reform.

Overview of Jamaican Justice System Reform: Issues and Initiatives
       www.cba.org/jamaicanjustice/pdf/research_overview.pdf

This document provides an overview of Jamaican justice reform issues and initiatives.


Drugs & Alcohol

Evaluation of Progress in Drug Control - Organization of American States' Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
These reports, produced by the Organization of American States' Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD),  follows the progress of individual and collective efforts of all the countries participating in the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism, indicating both results achieved as well as obstacles faced by the countries. Other objectives of the MEM are: identifies the strengths, weaknesses, progress, and setbacks in each member state and of the hemisphere, in order to help orientat policies and programs to confront more effectively the drug problem; assists countries in generating internal support to fight the drug problem and stimulating change and development of the systems in drug control; and offers countries the opportunity to request technical or financial assistance and training to implement assigned recommendations from evaluation rounds. (website).


Human Rights

Annual Reports to Congress on Human Rights Practices - Jamaica
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, to the U.S. Congress. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit a "full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Reports on several countries are included that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. (website).

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom - Jamaica

These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, describe the status of religious freedom in Jamaica, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour, cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These reports are submitted to the United States as per compliance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA). The law provides "a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." 


Research & Statistics

Jamaica: A Risk Assessment Brief
       www.carleton.ca/cifp/app/serve.php/1241.pdf

This brief, based on the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy methodology, presents key indicators and the stabilizing and destabilizing influences that they may have on Jamaica.

Jamaica: Background and U.S. Relations
       www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41318.pdf

This report, prepared by Mark P. Sullivan for the Congressional Research Service, discusses relations and background between Jamaica and the United States. The report touches on the political and economic situation in Jamaica including the 2010 Coke extradition and political fallout, crime and violence, human rights, economic and social conditions, U.S. foreign assistance, drug trafficking, criminal deportees, and trade and investment.

Jamaica - Gun Facts, Figures and the Law
       www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/jamaica

These interactive data tables present information on gun numbers, gun death and injury, gun industry, gun trade and trafficking, gun regulation and international controls.

The Jamaican National Crime Victimization Survey
       www.oas.org/dsp/documents/victimization_surveys/jamaica/JNCVSfinal_2006[1].pdf

This 2006 survey asked respondents about their personal background, their perceptions of community crime and disorder problems, their personal victimization experiences, crimes that they may have witnessed, fear of crime, attitudes towards the criminal justice system, attitudes towards crime prevention, their own use of alcohol and illicit drugs and their own involvement in various criminal activities.

Organization of American States, Security Statistics - Jamaica
       www.oas.org/dsp/english/cpo_observatorio_estadistica_jam.asp

This site provides information regarding crime and violence, security actors, and deportees and murders in Jamaica.

The World Fact Book (CIA)
       www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/jm.html

This site provides information regarding the population, government, and transnational issues concerning Jamaica.


 

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