The following is a press release from the Single Fathers Association:
We at the SFATT support the proposal made by the Attorney General and the Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley that will INCLUDE the release of persons currently incarcerated for non criminal offences , such as Failure to Pay Child Maintenance and traffic violations. Earlier this week we would have cited the overcrowded prison population, the high state costs to house an inmate and the impact of the unexpected economic downturn, as good reasoning for our call to temporarily cease issuance of new and the enforcement of existing child maintenance warrants. This call however is NOT one to discontinue the payment of child maintenance but rather to discourage imprisonment of these non criminal offenders during this Covid 19 pandemic period .All non-custodial mothers and fathers with maintenance orders, (inclusive of those about to be released and those with outstanding warrants ) are asked to register unto the Court Pay Electronic Payment System so that payments can be made and received without them going to the respective courts. The SFATT has set up whats app Only contacts to advise further on this issue . The numbers are 498-8791/ 354-6991/481-5762 The SFATT sees this new proposal as a move in the right direction and hopes that even after this period that our country examines less punitive and less costly measures to compel persons to comply with these non criminal offences. Jail surely is not the answer.