Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | February 12, 2013
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821 Jamaicans in UK jails

More than 800 Jamaicans are in jails in the United Kingdom, according to figures released during a debate in parliament.

The website, bernews.com, yesterday reported that there were approximately, 1,007 nationals from the West Indies incarcerated in jails across England and Wales at the end of 2012.

It said that Jamaicans made up the bulk of that number, with 821 behind bars. There was no information on what the individuals were jailed for, but the website said six Bermudians were jailed last year.

Earlier figures showed there were seven Bermudians in jail in June last year, a jump from 2011, when records indicated there was only one Bermudian in prison.

There were a total of 83,757 prisoners in the system as of the end of 2012, with 10,592 of them foreign nationals.

The foreign prisoners were divided by region, with Bermuda classified as part of the West Indies.

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