Francis wants mother and newborn freed from jail

Human Rights Advocate,Mary Francis, has called for the release from jail of a teenage mother and her newborn baby.

Francis told the Times that the matter should be a priority for newly appointed Attorney General, Stephen Julien.

“That child should be released now because she has a baby,” Francis, who is the Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights told the Times.

She said it was time for the government through the Attorney General’s Department to get on board speedily to address the situation and ensure that mother and child are released from the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF).

“Whether or not she is in a special unit the fact is that their liberty has been taken away from them,” Francis said of the seventeen year old mother and her child.

She noted that the rights of the incarcerated teen’s mother have also been infringed because she has to travel to the BCF to see her granddaughter.

Admitting that she did not have all the facts, Francis told the Times that the teen was entitled to have legal representation.

Francis said aside from being a human rights issue, the matter raises other questions such as the dignity of the human person, poor parenting and the history of slavery which promotes the infliction of severe punishment.

“Above all you have to look at our human rights obligations in terms of the International Human Rights Conventions ¬†which we have signed, in this case the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” the Attorney at Law explained.

She asserted that as a result of signing the convention, local legislation must be in sync with it.

Mary Francis told the Times that according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child,a person under eighteen is considered a child.

She stated that there was no reason why the seventeen year old should have been sent to the BCF since according to the convention, imprisonment is a last resort.

“The fact that she was pregnant it would seem to me when she was sentenced by a Magistrate – to me that is a serious matter,” ¬†Mary Francis declared.

She felt that the Magistrate should have taken into account Saint Lucia’s obligation under the convention of the rights of the child.




  1. Anonymous
    October 27, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    This idiot admits that she doesn’t have all the facts yet states there is no reason the girl should be at BCF. Smh

  2. Rebel
    October 27, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    This is not the first woman to give birth at Bordelais where was Mary for the others. Do the crime be woman enough to deal with your punishment.

  3. mary fransis worst nightmare
    October 28, 2016 at 12:19 am

    the girl is an endangerment to her daughter if she is released she will kill that baby.why put a baby in harms way. This lady must have got her degree same place she got drivers license Ina crackerjack box.mark my words you take that baby out and but with daughter you have signed that baby death warrant.what a fool you are a.while at least we see where you stand with that (throw the baby to the wolves) mentality.glad you not my mama.

    1. Anon1
      October 28, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Go take some English lessons. Damn did you re-read your comment before posting it, obviously not.

  4. vanilla sky
    October 28, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Listen ladies lets all first get pregnant then commit a crime so we can be released early. See how stupid this sounds Mary? She was sent to prison as a last resort. Lets hope that she can be rehabilitated.

  5. Anon1
    October 28, 2016 at 8:14 am

    You mean to tell me all the Lawyers/Solicitors in St Lucia only one voice from the legal fraternity we keep hearing.

    Understandably she’s a Human Rights advocate however it shouldn’t prevent others in the legal fraternity to speak out.

    Mary has an extremely valid point with regards to SLU signing up to the International Human Rights Conventions but not adhering to what we’ve signed up too.

    Another EXTREMELY worrying point with regards to the Magistrate knowingly sentencing a pregnant CHILD to prison. Its apparent not even the Magistrate was adhering to International Human Rights Conventions.

    ALARMING to say the least.

  6. Anonymous
    October 28, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Mary Francis, St. Lucia has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    1. Anon1
      October 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Call me a “gorgor” but surely the Convention on the Rights of the Child sits under or within the “International Human Rights Conventions” which St Lucia HAS SIGNED.

      When you sign an agreement that constitutes ratification????

      Which Ms Francis has stated in the above article.

      People stop making fools of yourselves with your comments maybe because of your dislike of Ms Francis personally. Or your inability to read and understand an article without your personal opinion clouding what was actually said in the article.

      Its only when and or if you or your family’s Rights get violated you’ll will praising Ms Francis and wanting her to fight for yours or your family rights.

      Keep it up Ms Francis.

  7. Anonymous
    October 28, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Release mother and child in the care of Mary Francis….. After all they both need adult parents and I’m sure she has too much space at her house

  8. Anonymous
    October 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Mary u are a hypocrite. before you make a statement gather ALL THE INFORMATION

  9. Anonymous
    October 28, 2016 at 9:21 am

    The rights of any child comes with responsibility…. Don’t forget that…. that’s what we fail to teach our children. We are all connected and behavior of one affects all, children need to understand that. And as we seek a way forward for the young girl and her baby I must be wise to not endanger the lives and well being of others.

  10. rude and out of order
    October 28, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Leave the mother to take her punishment they shall be no escape. I suggest they remove the child from her care.

  11. Anonymous
    October 28, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Put Msry in her place. We need to send a strong mrssage to those brats and their parents.

  12. blue vex
    October 28, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Is this an invitation for women who have their beef with others to get pregnant before committing their intended crime

  13. Anonymous
    October 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    The young woman did the crime, so she should do the time. My suggestion is remove the child from her care in prison. Her grandmother should care for the child or place the child in foster care. It is clearly that the young mother cannot take care of the baby.
    So Ms. Francis this should be no excuse to remove the young woman in prison. If we are not holding the law and making people pay for the crimes or feeling sorry for them ir is best that we don’t have a justice system. There are other ways to deal with that situation other than releasing the young lady from prison just because she had a baby.

  14. Pan kaiso
    October 28, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Let’s talk about the 16 yr old with baby in proson
    My dear st Lucian people i have listened patiently to all the so call interested people and parties so connected to or who is stating there verbal interest in the incasaration of the 16 year female who gave birth behind the walls of correction .

    Whilst on several occasions I have tried to stay away from making any public comments as I think I have done my part ,but the other side of me kept pricking me to say some thing and so I have decided too

    First let me ask all of you Hippocrates out there when this young lady started displaying signs of social disturbance WHERE WERE YOU EH TELL ME WHERE WERE YOU

    You the neighbors in the immediate area what did you do to assist ,the mother when she was going through the pains of raising this princess of dis pear what did you all do ? If any thing , do you remember the saying that it takes a community to raise a child right! So people in the community WHERE WERE YOU PLS ANSWER

    When she first got pregnant you all Hippocrates in the community knew and you knew for who did you speak out ? No why because it was your son no your nephew what did you the community did ? Eh tell me WHERE WERE YOU EH WHERE WERE YOU

    When she started being rebellious there was a reason for that did any of you out there became curious and wondered why this was ? Did any of you do any thing to find out what was disturbing this young princess and to try and save her from her self ? I guess not but just being critical as is the norm

    Ok so she has gotten a second time god she is 16 tell me was she taught to be come a parent was she ready let’s take a deep look into this princes pass ?

    Did she have a healthy bank account was she working ? What about the person who impregnated her do we want to look at him was he ready to be a parent or was it a tag drop and release once mouth open god will feed

    When she committed her self which of you out there was there to offer support of any kind did any one of you volunteer to take her having knowledge that she was with child but choose to allow to face the wrath yes just voice from the getto eh yes another voice from the getto as though it’s by design

    No body wants her was the presiding magistrate aware of her condition and still decided to teach her lesson because she was very expressive in the courts ? I don’t no you would WHERE WERE YOU TELL ME WHERR WERE YOU YES YOU ALL LICK BOTTOM as WHERE WERE YOU?

    I now turn to you the investigating officer man or woman you have a lot to take blame for because it’s your business to have taken an antecedent history of this young princess officer you ought to have done and I no that you would have been made aware of her pregnancy you could have averted this situation by applying A DESCRECTION officer you could have applied that no one would harm for applying that and taking into consideration the likelihood of what has now come out
    A you happy now officer what have you secured? A promotion? Chopps what about your supervisor he or she is no better

    I will now turn to the chief of the correctional facility he to is not with out blame he could have have cause her to do time well supervised
    In the comfort of her home he is the chief
    The princess is not one who would flee from the state there a many things that he could have done to save the facility that embarrassment she could have been allowed to have the baby and after a specific period given hours of community service to perform

    Finally all those who feel that she should be release a they willing to take her in if you a will I am willing to open a bank account and you guys can make a monthly contribution to this young princes I am sure you will have more to say so I am awaiting comments

  15. pro life
    October 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    goodness ladies especially you ANON1 for none ,learn the laws of land or don’t speak, your always putting two cents and that’s all there worth ,your mouth is speaking your heart why would you want this baby harmed ? so stop trash talk ANON1 this young girl will finish her time ,the baby will not be released to her because of her abusive history . the court ANON1 will always consider safety of baby, so Francis will not get her way.

  16. Claire Marie DeRocker
    October 28, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I read with shame the comments written by women on this young lady and Ms Francis and I am so sad to be part of this St. Lucian culture that speaks of women as nothing. It reminded me of the rape culture that is killing the soul of this nation.
    You are a poor example of this society no wonder our women and girls continue to be violated because I hear ignorance and a blatant disrespect for your own selves as women. Karma is a bitch and we are co-creators because what we speak manifes in real time. Shame on you women of St. Lucia

  17. Anonymous
    October 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Are you ppl ok, if her parents had money she wouldn’t be in jail, this damn country is so back wards it’s all about name and money, i hate this country sorry to say but time ppl start to be street smart cause all you’ll education making you’ll look like fools.

    October 30, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    This woman tries so hard to be relevant. Why is she making comments and yet she doesn’t know the facts (per her admission). Isn’t that what they call “lang caca” home?

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