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Curb crime by eradicating garrisons

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is no secret that crime and violence is spreading across Jamaica like a wildfire. Indeed, this has seemingly been the case for decades now, and even though we would want to convince ourselves otherwise.

If we are honest with ourselves, we would see that these acts are aimed at satisfying our temporary impulse, which is borne out of a need to 'do something'. As a people, we are not serious about crime. This may be because we have become desensitised. Too many of us have huddled around bodies or have circulated pictures of them via social media. Too many of us find nothing wrong with what lottery scammers do and far too many of us have become victims of learned helplessness.

The truth is, if we want to make a meaningful dent in crime, we should reduce the number of garrison communities and constituencies. If we want a safer Jamaica, garrisons and the mindset that underpin them must be eradicated.

NOEL MATHERSON

noelmatherson@gmail.com