Jamaica: Proposal for an inquiry into deaths and ill-treatment of prisoners in St Catherine’s District Prison

Four prisoners on death row in St. Catherine’s District Prison were shot dead by warders on 31 October 1993 after allegedly trying to take warders hostage. Their names are: Neville Neath, Rohan Josephs, Ricky Burrell and Arthur Morrison. AI is concerned by reports that two of those killed had been threatened by warders and by other reports suggesting that the killings may have been extrajudicial executions. This report also describes conditions in the prison and previous deaths of inmates (Philip Leslie, Calvin Green, Paul Gray, Denny Wilson). Recent allegations of ill-treatment and threats to inmates are reported and the adequacy of Jamaica’s complaints procedures is examined.

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