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Advocacy group weighs in on past drug conviction of NESOL boss

Carla Gullotta, Coordinator for Stand up for Jamaica
 
The head of a local advocacy group which works with prisoners and ex-convicts has said Carolyn Warren, Managing Director of the state-run National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL), should have disclosed her drug conviction when she applied for the job.
 
Carla Gullotta, Coordinator for Stand up for Jamaica, was responding to the public debate which has been taking place since Mrs Warren was outed by the parliamentary opposition for her conviction 25 years ago.
 
Ms. Gullotta said the issue should have come up at the time of employment. 
 
Ms. Gullotta noted that her organisation's stance is that persons who have paid for their crimes should not be punished for the rest of  their lives.
 
However, she said the current situation is a delicate one, given the office Mrs Warren now holds.
 
She said she hopes the conviction is not the only factor taken into consideration in determining Mrs. Warren's fate. 
 
NESOL boss Carolyn Warren has apologised for not declaring her drug conviction prior to her appointment.
 
In a release Friday, she admitted that she was convicted for a drug offence 25 years ago and was given a suspended sentence.
 
The NESOL Managing Director issued the release in response to a statement Thursday night by Phillip Paulwell, Opposition Spokesman on Energy, who called for Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his capacity as Minister of Energy, to immediately fire her in light of the conviction.
 
Mrs Warren asserted that she made a mistake and has paid for it.
 
She said she has applied to have her record expunged. 
 


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