Jamaica needs to bring back hanging
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Currently Jamaica is amoungst 57 countries that still have capital punishment in law as of 2016 .According to the Human rights group ,Amnesty International 2016 report , 1,032 executions were carried out in 23 of the 57 nations .Atleast 3,117 persons sentence to death in 55 of the 57 countries.Atleast 18,848 persons at the end of 2016 are under the death sentence . For the persons who are worried about what the United States of America will say fret not! As of 2016 thirty-one of their states have capital punishment . Nearly over 3,000 inmates are on death row . In 2017 ,23 persons where executed and 39 where given death sentences according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
February 1988,Nathan Foster was the last Jamaican to be executed(hanged).With a population is just over 3 million .Yet still for a small island like ours have over 1,000 murders annually in the last 14 years and over 500 murders annually in the last 27 years.
We the people ain't naive to think that reinstating hanging is the silver bullet in fighting crime . But also we aren't naive to think that every criminal is redeemable. Why should the people of Jamaica provide food and shelter for persons found guilty at the highest court especially serial killers and rapists ? How can persons serving a life sentence without getting parole be rehabilited ?
We the taxpayers have to fork out 1.3 million annually to maintain an inmate.The government of Jamaica should be wasting that money on: social intervention in our communities, education,infrastrucrure,police technology and our justice system.The average time spent on death row by inmates in the US is 178 months .That is approximately 15 years .Lets say Jamaica justice system is perfect ,meaning no backlogs and speedy court trials.So it stand to reason that the average time of an inmate on death row in Jamaica should be 5 years . Lets say roughly 250 persons are on death row. Annually Jamaica stands to spend 325 million dollars annually on an irredeemable person .
The few folks will argue against capital punishment .Some will point out that the problem is with the police. Even if the police chance of catching a criminal is 1% ,we the people knows the chilling effect of an irredemable being executed. That 99% will get the message that the law is very strict.
We Jamaicans are happy to see a young senator in the form of Matthew Samuda calling for his administration and his counterparts to bring back hanging . I hope this time its just not talk . Parliament and the senate will have to establish what type of crimes are irredeemable .
We the people of Jamaica are calling on the upper and lower house to once and for all bring back hanging . We are already in fear ,therefore we have no powers to fear. Its times we put Jamaica first over foreign first. Its time we start law abiding citizens rights over criminal rights .
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