Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 12th 2015 Contents A24
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, June 12, 2015
Established over 30 years
Salary & Commission / Negotiable
No Restricted area in Trinidad & Tobago
Must have valid driver's permit / own
vehicle an asset
Phone 369-5767 (between 8am -- 4pm)
We are looking for energetic delivery personnel to
provide reliable and early home delivery to
Guardian subscribers at various locations in West
Trinidad, and along the East-West Corridor.
You must have a vehicle in good working order.
Able to work nights and early mornings.
Good compensation package offered.
For additional details please contact our Circulation
Department at: 623-8870 ext 2710 or 2172
Or send applications to: Circulation Department
22-24 St. Vincent Street
Port of Spain
The buzz word nowadays on correc-
tions and prisoner rehabilitation is
"restorative justice." It is bandied
about as the new wave in treating certain
types of offenders. However, data to sup-
port these refined efforts are not that
Therefore, the flip side to restorative
justice should be re-examined: retribu-
Retribution involves the offender being
punished for wrongdoings committed.
In many discussions, there is wide
support for corporal punishment for cer-
tain types of crimes committed by adults.
The Ministry of Justice should initiate a
study on this issue using appropriate
independent researchers. Many victims of
crimes or their families usually support
corporal punishment for such offenders.
They often ask non-victims to put them-
selves in their situation.
Given the types, nature and extent of
crimes taking place in T&T, this issue
should be reviewed as one of other
measures to deal with crime.
The laws of T&T allow corporal pun-
ishment for offenders who are older than
18 years of age. Should these laws stay or
The key issue is that to what extent
people believe that corporal punishment
for adults for certain crimes will serve as
a deterrent to the receiving individual
and to potential criminals.
Do we believe that if potential crimi-
nals know that they will be given corpo-
ral punishment if found guilty that they
will be less inclined to commit the crime
in the first place?
Potential criminals often say that they
will commit a crime and just spend X
years behind bars.
What if they know that they may also
receive corporal punishment, will they
still commit the crime? It is argued that
criminals may not be afraid of jail time
but fearful of licks.
The following question and answer
section provides useful information:
Q: What is the law that prescribes cor-
poral punishment for offenders older
than 18 years?
A: Act No 7 of 1953---but was amended
in 1994, 2000 and twice in 2005. (Yes, it
was amended in 2005; not revoked)
Q: Which offenders qualify for corporal
A: Must be over 18 years old, male,
and was convicted by the High Court.
(Females are excluded as well as people
who had their matters tried in the mag-
istrate s court)
Q: What crimes is corporal punishment
A: (1) Violence where a wound was
inflicted with any firearm or sharp cut-
ting or pointed instrument or bottle or
glass whether it was broken or not or
any other weapon that can do grievous
(2) Committed or attempted to commit
an assault involving use of corrosive fluid
or destructive or explosive substance with
the intent to disfigure or do grievous
bodily harm or had in possession such
fluid or substance with the intentions
and purposes as just stated.
(3) Robbery with violence or with
aggravation, or with an attempt to com-
(4) Rape or with an attempt to commit
Q: Can an offender who received a
sentence of capital punishment (that is,
the death penalty) also be given corporal
Q: What is the maximum number of
strokes the court can specify?
Q: What are the two types of corporal
punishment a court can specify?
A: Flogging and/or whipping.
Q: What is the difference between
flogging and whipping?
A: Flogging is with the ordinary cat-o-
nine tails and whipping is with a
tamarind rod or birch or any other
instrument that the president may
Q: Can an offender be given both flog-
ging and whipping?
A: Yes, they can but together they
must not exceed 20.
Q: In the judicial system, at times it
may be difficult to verify the age of an
offender due to absent documentation.
How does the court judge the age of an
offender to determine if he is eligible for
A: Such judgment is based on the
appearance of the offender. (Those
"older-looking" male offenders who are
actually younger than 18, watch out!)
Q: Can offenders be given corporal
punishment in the public glare like
Woodford Square, Independence Square
or City Gate as many people call out for?
A: No. It should be carried out within
the walls of the prison.
Q: Is a medical officer required to be
present when corporal punishment is
A: Yes. If the medical officer deter-
mines that the offender is physically unfit
to undergo the punishment either before
or during, he/she can request that it be
suspended. The medical officer must
report to the president on what tran-
spired. The president can then order that
the corporal punishment be continued or
remit any part.
We are currently unsure to what extent
corporal punishment is being prescribed
by judges in the High Court, if at all.
Studies need to be done in this area as
well as to measure its effect on the pris-
oner recidivism rate.
The Caribbean Institute for Securi-
ty and Public Safety, a specialist train-
ing institution, offers a range of train-
ing programmes that can be
customised to various organisations.
These include criminology, correctional,
law enforcement, security-related and
OSH-related. Contact us at 223-6999,
www.caribbeansecurityinstitute so that
we can exceed your training needs.
What happens when
you rattle the
pedestals of the modern-
day gods of education and
religion, and the sense of
entitlement of a group in-
tent to exert its right to
carry on a business in
hitherto patently residen-
tial areas? It results in
folks who might normally
be considered upright and
rational citizens launching
The "game" is on. We
versus them. All manner
of gimmickry and propa-
ganda hide the real issues.
It is okay to be a bully. Let
us press on and see who
dares to confront or con-
sations are maligned and
harried by groups repre-
senting "families" and
headed by irate people
who are now stymied and
angry when law-abiding
citizens rally to protect
their right to the peaceful
enjoyment of their homes.
Why should the emi-
nently poor planning man-
agement of any
organisation be given spe-
cial favour by Govern-
ment organisations to the
detriment of the common
good of the neighbour-
hood into which they
want to bully their way?
IAN K RAMDHANIE
MSc, Principal, CISPS
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT FOR ADULT CRIMINALS?
Is justice being served
And what of the little
children who are being
used so skillfully to fur-
ther the ill-conceived
plans of these adults?
I, for one, cannot abide
seeing them referred to
as "our kids" on the side
of a building. Goats have
kids, humans have chil-
What kind of education
and attitudes are they un-
wittingly absorbing? No
one has rights but us se-
lect few? Don't count the
cost before you start a
project because someone
else will be found to pay
for your mistakes? Might
This little nation does
not need families and
split on this matter. We
don't need this tension.
My humble opinion,
which it is my right to ex-
press, is that the methods
used to put a school
where no school is
needed, have totally dis-
torted and destroyed
whatever "special merits"
it has claimed as its rea-
sons for being. A building
ster defines "school" as an
organisation that pro-
To the best of my
knowledge, there has
been no governmental
study to indicate that the
Maraval population war-
rants another school.
Let us not forget that
this is a private initiative.
The public should not be
required to bear the in-
convenience of a private
Does Maraval need
another private school?
Links Archive June 11th 2015 June 13th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page