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August 2, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Former justice minister Her-
bert Volney has issued a warning
to the People s Partnership Gov-
ernment that if they continue to
keep prisoners like caged animals
the prison system "will explode
like a bomb."
This sentiment was also
expressed by Vision of Mission
head Wayne Chance.
Both men believe the prison
system is not geared towards
restorative justice but "criminal-
Volney was commenting on the
recent jailbreak of Allan Martin,
Christopher Selby and Hassan
Atwell, and the killing of PC Sher-
On Thursday, Volney spoke
about the controversial Section 34,
which he said was designed to
address the backlog of court cases
that had fallen through the cracks.
Section 34 was one clause in
the Administration of Justice Act,
which was drafted to implement
a pre-trial proceeding intended to
simplify and shorten criminal pro-
Following its proclamation, Sec-
tion 34 would have allowed some
accused to apply for charges
against them to be dropped if the
offences had been committed more
than ten years.
It would have opened the door
for Ish Galbaransingh and Steve
Ferguson to walk free without trial,
which resulted in Section 34 being
Volney said while the entire act
was not repealed and remained on
file as a statute to be proclaimed,
the Ministry of Justice had failed
to deal with overcrowding, which
is exacerbated by a broken criminal
"The bill was drafted to assist
in prison reform which still
remains in a mess. I am very dis-
appointed that with my demise as
minister that my successors did
not follow through with all the
work I had done. They did not
grasp the problems in the criminal
justice or penal systems," Volney
Volney said the Justice Ministry
had committed injustices to pris-
oners awaiting trial.
He said Justice Minister Prakash
Ramadhar was caught "napping,"
and in any other country he would
have had to resign.
In 2013, Volney said he came
up with a blueprint for criminal
justice and prison reform which
would have cut the court time of
cases being heard from five years
to five months.
"It would have also served to
remove at least 40 per cent of the
work of a magistrate off his list so
they can deal with summary jus-
tice, which is in dire backlog."
Volney said Section 34 would
have addressed the backlog of
"This was no case to help any
supporter of the Government but
to provide a facility for oppressed
people (prisoners)." He said Section
34 had good intentions but became
a political issue.
Before Section 34 was repealed,
Volney said Cabinet took an unof-
ficial decision for the President to
pardon 50 prisoners which would
have provided a release value and
reduce overcrowding. "This was
This truck which collided with the Mercedes Benz trailer, killing lorrymen
Akkel Hallford and Ray Adams, is parked at the Tableland Police Station.
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Despite fears that the driver they
were assigned to work with drove
too recklessly, lorrymen Ray Adams
and Akkel Hallford still decided to
go with him to deliver building
material in Tableland.
However, that decision cost both
men their lives on Friday.
Adams, 18, and Hallford, 20,
employees of Ali s Hardware, Mara-
bella, were in the cab of a one-tonne
truck on their way to Tableland, when
around 1 pm truck driver Abudulah
Ali overtook a parked vehicle along
the Naparima Road and collided head
on with a trailer truck driven by
Hallford died on the spot, while
Adams died around 9.30 pm on Fri-
day at the San Fernando General Hos-
Ali, 28, remains warded at SFGH
in critical condition.
Charles, 65, was treated at hospital
Yesterday, Adams s older brother
Joey, who is also employed at the
hardware, in an interview at his home
in Palm Street East, Mayo, said his
brother feared Ali s driving.
Joey said his father advised Adams
to ask his boss to assign him to anoth-
Joey described his only brother as
hardworking and independent.
Adams had written CXC examina-
tions at Gasparillo Secondary School
in June and was only working at the
hardware for the school vacation.
"He was waiting on CXC results
so he wanted to do something in the
meantime," he said.
Hallford s brother Quintin, of Ram-
samooj Street Extentsion, Marabella,
said the last time he saw Hallford
was when he left for work on Friday.
"The next thing I know I got a call
saying my brother was in an acci-
dent," he said.
Both families said the Ali family
said they would cover the costs of
both funerals and wakes.
The Sunday Guardian visited the
Ali home in Caratal, Gasparillo, but
a security officer said the family was
not at home.
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CHANCE: PRISON SYSTEM AN
INDUSTRY OF CRIMINALISATION
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