Understanding Crime in Jamaica: New Challenges for Public Policy

Understanding Crime in Jamaica: New Challenges for Public Policy

Understanding Crime in Jamaica: New Challenges for Public Policy

Understanding Crime in Jamaica: New Challenges for Public Policy

Synopsis

"Understanding Crime in Jamaica examines the growing crime problem in Jamaica and explores the relationship between crime, politics and the economy and analyses the impact of crime on tourism. The authors in this volume are committed to better understanding the problem in order to contribute to a more effective solution. The articles collected here provide a comprehensive analysis of the causes, consequences and control of crime, and they point the way to solving Jamaica's escalating criminal activity.

Excerpt

At the time of writing the Jamaican people are celebrating their fortieth year of independence. The country is also approaching its sixtieth anniversary of internal self-government, which was achieved in 1944. Although it is still a young nation, the country has engaged in intensive debates about its development and has acquired considerable experience in nation building. Unlike the citizens of some developing countries which are ripped apart by ethnic polarization, failing national institutions and other politically debilitating problems, Jamaicans are well equipped to understand and effectively respond to the major developmental challenges confronting the country. Crime, especially violent crime, is one of these challenges. Although this problem presents new and difficult challenges to the country's development, it is not insuperable. In this first chapter, the aim is simply to present a brief overview of the Jamaican crime problem, to specify its main features and to highlight the challenges that it presents for policy makers.

Young ex-colonial nations are usually concerned with issues of identity, economic development, social transformation and institutional re-engineering. These issues are usually not resolved or solved by pursuing them sequentially, but rather by engaging them in intersecting and intertwining processes. Economic development and successful social transformation . . .

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