JAMPACT Discussion – TRUE REFLECTIONS – The Impact of the Jah Cure case
Saturday November 17, 2007
John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
899 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
tel. 212 – 237 – 8000
The case of Siccaturie Alcock alias ‘Jah Cure’ presents us with an opportunity to examine the Jamaican Penal System and its capacity/ability to redeem those who fall under its care. Despite him writing and voicing of some of the most uplifting songs from prison, there are those who would have denied him of the opportunity to practice his craft. A number of people proposed that he should be denied the right to earn from his work while being incarcerated. Would denying him the right to earn from his work be a violation of his human and/or civil rights? What then must rehabilitation look like? How well is rehabilitation going in Jamaica? JAMPACT’s discussion will attempt to answer many of these probing questions. From follow up working sessions we will craft a document in order to articulate how we as members of the Diaspora view the situation.