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WHEREAS youth crime continues to remain a headline issue in The Bahamas with violent incidents such as juveniles being charged with murder, kidnapping, rape, unlawful sexual intercourse, gun possession and a litany of other serious offences
AND WHEREAS, according to State Minister for National Security Keith Bell, “today’s criminals are teenagers” and in 2014, there were 30 teenage males accused of serious crimes like murder and rape on remand at The Bahamas Department of Corrections (formerly Fox Hill Prison).
AND WHEREAS, according to a report by Mr. William Fielding at The College of The Bahamas, that between 2009 to 2012, over 908 juveniles were arrested and charged with crimes against the person with 58 of them being female and 850 of them being males
AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas still maintains one of the lowest ages of criminal responsibility in the world where a child as young as 10 years old can be tried as an adult and be subject to an adult sentence in adult facilities that are often overcrowded, unsanitary, harsh, unsafe, neglectful, unconstitutional and overly punitive.
AND WHEREAS, over the past decade, a tremendous volume of new knowledge has emerged about causes of juvenile delinquency and effective responses which have led to emerging areas of law, research, policy experimentation and several new approaches to enhance public safety.
AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas has been slow to absorb the growing body of knowledge about youth development, adolescent brain research and delinquency, and there has been fundamental delays in our efforts to re-invent our approach to juvenile justice while still being able to hold young people accountable for their crimes.
AND WHEREAS, juvenile justice scholars and practitioners have lobbied for reform efforts specifically aimed at improving outcomes for youth who become involved in delinquency through the adoption of unprecedented opportunities to redesign the Bahamian juvenile justice system for the benefit of youth, families and communities.
AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas has adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (Beijing Rules), the United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of Liberty (Havana Rules) and a number of other international instruments calling for standards and norms on juvenile justice and law reform.
BE IT RESOLVED, that this 15th Session of The Bahamas’ Annual National Youth in Parliament will describe, dissect and draw lessons from our current juvenile justice system while exploring alternatives to detention and incarceration, improve conditions of confinement, examine the research, and focus on effective evidence-based treatment strategies. It is our desire to review The Bahamas’s reform efforts and explore the critical factors surrounding the arrest of youth both for serious violent crimes and for virtually all other categories of offenses.
AND BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Youth Parliament recognizes that a new and vastly improved juvenile justice system for The Bahamas is within reach, one that holds youth offenders adequately responsible while acknowledging the unique circumstances of victims and we hereby summon the creativity, energy, commitment and cooperation of all members of this youth parliament to do what is best for children, families and their communities.