Trinidad and Tobago - Functionalizing Plea Bargaining
      

In April 2014, NCSC held a 2-day workshop on Plea Bargaining in Trinidad.  Funded under the Justice Sector Assistance to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Program, the activity provided training and implementation recommendations to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GOTT) in response to a request from the Department of State’s Bureau of International Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).  The training team was led by NCSC’s Senior Program Manager, JoAnne Richardson, and included three active U.S. criminal justice professionals: Judge William Webb, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Moore, and Federal Public Defender Debra Graves. 

The trainers conducted in-country validation meetings with GOTT stakeholders and U.S. Embassy representatives and, at the conclusion of the workshop, provided a set of recommendations to ensure the effective implementation of plea bargaining in Trinidad and Tobago.  Judge Webb expressed confidence in the likelihood of future reform.  According to Webb, “The recent plea bargaining conference was a success due to the hard work and thoughtful participation of the stakeholders in the Trinidad and Tobago criminal justice systems.”  In July, the trainers will return to the region to replicate the training program in The Bahamas. 

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