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March 18 2015

About 20% of the Cayman Islands population, (10,067 persons), has a criminal conviction

About 20% of the Cayman Islands population, (10,067 persons), has a criminal conviction according to a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

The FOI request, which was made by local defence attorney Peter Polack, was issued on 16 January 2015, some five months after the initial request was made making it severely late according to the FOI law. The FOI response also did not address numerous information requests made by Polack, such as; information providing statistics on numbers and types of specific offences. The RCIPS stated that the office was currently understaffed by seven and the Criminal Records Office would have to divert resources to search 10,067 records.