“Behind the Prison Gates” report launched in Belize

A major new report was launched today on Belize Central Prison, the only prison in Belize. The report was written by Joe Middleton on behalf of the Death Penalty Project in association with the Belize Bar Association. It examines a number of concerns in the prison, including lengthy pretrial delays and the treatment of young offenders and mentally ill prisoners. A draft of the report was discussed at a roundtable in Belize in July 2014, which was also attended by Edward Fitzgerald QC and Sir Keir Starmer QC. At today’s launch the Honourable Kenneth Benjamin, Chief Justice of Belize and Eamon Courtenay SC, President of the Belize Bar Association, welcomed the publication of the report and described some of the steps that have already been taken to implement its recommendations. After the launch Joe Middleton was called to the Bar of Belize. As a member of the Belize Bar he is hoping to play a part in advancing some of the pro bono litigation arising from the report’s recommendations.

 

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