Pregnant sixteen year old in jail prompts calls for an investigation

Pregnant sixteen year old in jail prompts calls for an investigation

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia  Inc has called on the authorities to explain why a pregnant juvenile has been incarcerated at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) from May 6, 2016.

The Times broke the story last week, indicating that  the young female was pregnant when she entered the BCF.

The youngster gave birth recently to a baby girl at Victoria Hospital – her second child.

Officials have said that mother and child have been removed from the general female prison population and placed in a special unit.

Raise Your Voice wants Lenard Montoute, Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, Senator Hermangild Francis, Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, the Director of Human Services Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis and Director of the Family Court Ms. Beverly Poyotte to clarify.

The organization raised a number of questions in regard to the young mother in prison.

“Did the staff of the Children’s Transit Home demand her removal because she was disruptive? Did a Social Worker deemed her parents’ home unfit? And is the Bordelaise Correctional Facility deemed more conducive to her wellbeing? If Social Workers, Counselors, Clinical Psychologists, etc cannot manage one sixteen year old, should the Government continue to retain their services? “ The organization asked in a press statement.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia also wanted to know whether there has been an investigation into the individual who has twice impregnated a juvenile under the age of 16, who happens to be a ward of the State.

“We are all aware that the Government of Saint Lucia is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child & the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the organization said.

It observed that  for some time employees of the Government of Saint Lucia within various social services agencies  demand juveniles and wards deemed socially unacceptable be banned or removed from publicly funded institutions, or they will protest and walk off their jobs.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia noted that this occurs although their expertise is engaged to ensure that juveniles are socially rehabilitated and reintegrated into society as productive and law abiding citizens and the institutions where they work were established specifically to deal with at risk juveniles.

“This situation has contributed to the rising levels of juveniles becoming ostracised, as Social Workers, Counselors, Clinical Psychologists, Teachers and their respective Unions demand ultimate comfort within their working environment,” the organization asserted.

Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia was formed in February 2014 by a group of socially minded women who saw the need to raise their voices and to advocate on behalf of victims of all forms of abuse and violence whether physical, psychological, emotional or sexual, according to the organization’s Facebook page.

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14 Comments

  1. sandra
    October 24, 2016 at 8:29 am Reply

    What we really need is a residential home for females. Why not advocate for this? Do you really believe that public officers are so incompetent that all these checks and balances weren’t examined before the ‘poor’ 16 year old was sentenced to the lone correctional facility. I recommend taking time out to advocate for some progress on the proposed juvenile residential home so both male and female victims could be properly rehabilitated. I understand the need for questions…After all it is a 16 year old. But in our county 16 year olds are criminally responsible and such may be the case in this matter. Had it been a 16 year old male who had a baby on the way, been incarcerated would this have been an issue? Raise your voice for what’s really needed!

  2. IKnowWhatAmSaying
    October 24, 2016 at 9:03 am Reply

    Hmmmm! Same speed when we raising our voices let’s make sure she really went in there pregnant! Cause it has happened b4 where they get pregnant in there, n trust me is not for the inmates. The big boys having a field day with some of the female inmates to pull strings for them!

    1. Vanilla Sky
      October 24, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply

      It says that she was incarcerated on May 6, 2016, so unless she is a goat or a sheep she could not have given birth in October.

  3. Pareny
    October 24, 2016 at 9:34 am Reply

    Hold on so no one asking for parents. Now it’s Government and institutions that’s responsible for children. Let’s take it from parents then move up from there.

    1. vanilla sky
      October 24, 2016 at 5:29 pm Reply

      If you read the article you would see she is a ward of the state.

  4. Anonymous
    October 24, 2016 at 10:05 am Reply

    I in conformity agreed with the 3 comments. People do things that is out of the way to please their own selfish ways and is other people that is in good standing that have to bere blames for them B/S you want to do bad things pay for it.

  5. Anonymous
    October 24, 2016 at 10:10 am Reply

    When people want Human Rights.
    Do the right thing.
    That’s Human Rights

  6. Shorna
    October 24, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply

    Really Raise Your Voice. Her parents home was unfit so she was incarcerated. Did she commit a crime or not? Where is the Juvenile home for girls. That should be your main focus. Don’t try to undermine the agencies. What should be done if a young 16 year old commits a crime. Talk about gender equality. Why is there BTC for boys and none for girls. Are you sure about that info about Transit Home.
    You guys sound like trouble makers looking to discredit the Transit Home and other agencies. What is the agenda.
    Please if you are concerned do your research with a balance.

  7. FRANCISCA Francis
    October 24, 2016 at 11:39 am Reply

    Am a parent all my children are grown and if i had to do it all over again i would do it differently knowing the knowledge of information that i have.
    Where are her mother we not hearing anything from her this is a great concern to everyone.

  8. Anonymous
    October 24, 2016 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Many a times the lawmakers are to be made to take blame for the behaviours of our youth. As a parent of two teenagers a boy and a girl, my daughter (stepdaughter) begun acting up, she begun smoking, staying out late and other issues, she had not been staying with me at that time, upon realising the road she was heading down, I decided to take her to stay with me to try helping her, give guidance to her and stuff. My little princess figure I am interfering with her privacy so she faced human services, only for them after speaking with me and her, her dad and the person with whom she was staying (my daughter now so desperate to go back to her do as you please home) human services turn around and says to me “she is 16yrs old, she can make her own decisions “. Come on like people seriously! Those people are the one to help us give guidance to our children? No followup, nothing! Please. …

  9. Anonymous
    October 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm Reply

    The baby should be taken away from the mother. The baby doesn’t stand a chance to grow up and be a good person if it is raised by someone who (1) at 16 years of age is already in jail and (2) at 16 years of age is already a mother….I would bet that the baby stands a better chance to grow up with better morals than it’s screwed up birth mother if it was raised in a descent family.

  10. Concern
    October 24, 2016 at 10:56 pm Reply

    All these stories I am reading is really giving me the incentive to go back home to help those young women, to do something better with their lives. OMG what’s going on in St.Lucia, I am going to give free counseling for all these young women who finds themselves in such Delima And by the way,I thinks what we all need is Christ, He is the only one who can change a person if He changed my life He can do it for everyone who wants to change. Hope was freely given to me so freely I will give back. St. Lucia needs a touch from God, for lives to transform,from bad to good. Pray fo a Spiritual revival for St.Lucia, we need to come against all works of darkness, to drive Satan, demonic activities in the land of St. Lucia, if not everyone will continue living in strongholds and demonic bondages, Lord help the nation of St.Lucia I pray in Jesus name Amen.

  11. Sharon
    October 25, 2016 at 2:37 am Reply

    Ask Elizabeth Lewis why is it that there are so many unsuccessful stories coming from new beginnings transit hom
    There is a 14 year old girl from bexon due to give birth very soon as well.she spent 3 years at the home and came out worst
    Ask the social workers n management at the home why did they know she was in a relationship with a 17 year male and did nothing about it..Dont know what is happening in this place
    ..mwe fache

  12. Stace
    October 25, 2016 at 2:52 am Reply

    Okay so the root of the issue may have began transit home…tell us director manager social workers of that place what really is going on there.we really want to know.

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