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Aug 8, 2014

The Juvenile Act

Both the Magistrate Court and the National Committee for Families and Children have raised concerns on the airing of information on the identity of a suspect in the murder of Chryslin Gladden.  The suspect was charged jointly in court with an adult earlier this week.  In a release this afternoon, the Magistrate Court cites that it is in contravention of the Juvenile Offenders Act and the Families and Children’s Act, to “publish the name, address, photograph and school or anything likely to lead to the identification of the child or young person before the juvenile court, except with the permission of the court or in so far as required by the provision of this Act.”

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6 Responses for “The Juvenile Act”

  1. tashybze says:

    Child act my @;()$$. That evil girl didnt care that she is a child herself when she kill that girl. Child protection myass

  2. karla says:

    I think it is time for this act to be revisited and if need be, revised. I fully support protecting the rights of minor CHILDREN, but not teens who are carrying out adult crimes. I think our definition of “child” needs to be re-examined in light of so many recent murders committed by young people over the age of 15. It seems to me this act appears to contradict in some ways the laws which hold young people accountable for criminal actions. Of course VICTIMS’s identities must always be protected, but perpetrators? Clearly it is no longer just young males who are committing murder in Belize but a good number of young females and this violence needs to be addressed. Where is the commission’s outrage at the murder of this young woman who was on her way to university?

  3. Black Butterfly says:

    While I understand that all countries have rules and regulations, it is interesting that a criminal who allegedly committed an adult and heinous crime is being protected and news sources are being penalized for disclosing identifying information. However, dead bodies are displayed almost daily clearly on newscasts, with no thoughts about privacy of families or the negative impact it has on their emotional functioning and grieving. I am highly disappointed in Belize right now and their priorities.

  4. Retired CEO says:

    Unfortunately, this law needs to be revisited. If a person is old enough to do such a heinous crime he/she needs to be exposed. Others maybe be at risk of these kinda of criminal offences. If one is old enough to do the crime, they must do the time and exposed. This could be one of the many reasons why our society is experiencing rampant criminal behavior by our youths. People in a daze, youth in a maze.

  5. Fairness says:

    Juvenile Offenders Act and the Families and Children’s Act originally were designed to protect the child’s growing while they still have shamefulness and remorse over their wrong action or minor misbehaving. However, a KILLING case has passed beyond the definition of “Wrong Action”. As we all know, there is no sentence for death in Belize plus the protection offers from the juvile act which has promoted our crime rate to increase and the age of commiting crime to decrease on a daily basis. More minors are commiting cruel actions because they know they can get away with it, but is it fair to the rest of the community who try to maintain peace and harmony in the area? Juvile act should design to foster lower crime rate not as a legalizing weapon to encourage those ignorant minors to cause more turbulances into society. The point shouldn’t be focused on how old the chile is rather to what degree of the crime the child has commited. Revealing names does raise an alert to those ignorant juviles who temp to commit more crimes later on. Media is complementing the shortcoming of our legal system.

  6. Ixchel Pop says:

    It look to me like somebody has time on their hands. In our society some teens chose to engage in big people crime and we are trying to protect them from What ???? waste of time reinstate the death penalty….that would deter some of them.

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