The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - ALI­CIA BAR­RETT STAR Re­porter

Re­tired crime-fighter Reneto Adams be­lieves that crim­i­nals who do pre­med­i­tated crimes should not be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role un­til they have spent at least 50 years in prison.

“If you ob­serve, in Amer­ica when you are ar­rested and charge for cer­tain of­fences, you are gone for no fewer than prob­a­bly 50 years. If you are be­ing con­sid­ered for pa­role, my rec­om­men­da­tion would be that they have to do 50 years in prison,” he said.

Adams was con­tacted by THE STAR fol­low­ing the re­lease of for­mer gang leader of the Gideon War­riors, Kevin Tyn­dale, also called ‘Richie Pooh’, from prison, on pa­role.

“Those peo­ple who de­lib­er­ately go to kill and rob, rape and burn, should not get pa­role. I am 100 per cent against pa­role,” said Adams, who re­tired from the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force at the rank of se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice in 2012.

Adams be­lieves that con­victs of­ten times pre­tend to be Chris­tians in or­der to leave prison early. He said that he would like for the Pa­role Board to re­visit what they use to de­ter­mine how a per­son gets pa­role.

Be­fore the re­cent re­lease of carry out the re­view af­ter the se­cu­rity forces raised con­cerns about pa­role be­ing granted to “of­fend­ers whose re­lease has been as­sessed as be­ing con­trary to the pub­lic in­ter­est, given the mag­ni­tude of their crim­i­nal an­tecedents”.


Re­flect­ing on both cases, Adams said the State must take a strong po­si­tion to en­sure that dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals are not re­leased into the so­ci­ety.

“If you make a mis­take in the rush of the mo­ment, not pre­med­i­tated, I have no prob­lem for them get­ting pa­role over a rea­son­able time, prob­a­bly 10 years,” Adams said.

“Many of these peo­ple come out and com­mit even worse crimes than they had com­mit­ted be­fore go­ing to prison, and peo­ple will say we don’t have the ev­i­dence but these are peo­ple who would have spent time in prison har­mon­is­ing how they do crime with­out be­ing de­tected and with­out be­ing caught,” he added.

In light of this, Adams be­lieve that the Pa­role Board should look at the na­ture of the crime and what has been done in de­ter­min­ing whether or not to let out a crim­i­nal in­stead of tak­ing their ‘Chris­tian’ word for it.

“We have such a se­vere crime prob­lem in Ja­maica ... I am not sure why they are in such a hurry to send these peo­ple back on the street. From what I have seen, the chief el­e­ment of ac­tion is to say they are Chris­tians, and quick­quick they are paroled be­cause you hear that they have changed; but when they come out, they start their crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. Not all do it, but it is just as dan­ger­ous when you send an in­no­cent man to prison as it is to send out these crim­i­nals,” he said.

Reneto Adams

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