Death Penalty in Jamaica
Abolitionist de facto
Number of persons currently under the death sentence:
8. According to Amnesty International’s submission in relation to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Jamaica, there were 4 people on death row at the end of 2009. There were 4 death sentences and no executions in 2010. By December 7, 2011, there had been no reports of executions in 2011, bringing the total number of persons under sentence of death to 8. Amnesty International reports that there are “at least seven” persons known to be under sentence of death by the end of 2011.
Last know execution:
Crimes punishable by death:
Aggravated murder - Murders of security forces, judicial officers, witnesses, jury members or other civil servants may be punished by death. Murder for hire, murder in the course or furtherance of another offense such as robbery, rape or arson, or murder committed to further an act aimed at undermining the public peace and order, is punishable by death. Double-murders or repeat murderers are punishable by death
Does the country have a mandatory death penalty:
No, the judicial committee of the Privy Council struck down the mandatory death penalty in 2004 and the current penal code no longer provides for the mandatory death penalty.
Categories of persons excluded from the death penalty:
Persons below the age of 18. Jamaica is a party to the ACHR and is obligated not to execute people who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.
Mentally Retarded persons, or persons suffering from “abnormality of mind” due to “a condition of arrested or retarded development or any inherent cause induced by disease or injury” so as to diminish mental responsibility cannot be convicted of capital murder.
Elderly. Jamaica is a party to the ACHR and is obligated not to execute the elderly.
American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) July 19, 1978
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