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More social intervention needed to curb crime, says JFJ

Published:Monday | November 3, 2014 | 9:07 AM
Horace Levy - File

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Spokesperson for Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), Horace Levy, says the community renewal project must be strengthened as part of efforts to combat the recent spike in crime and violence.




In recent weeks, the country has seen several heinous attacks by armed thugs.



Among those incidents are the shooting of four children in downtown Kingston, nine others in East Kingston, and at least five murders in Bog Walk, St Catherine.



The JFJ spokesman says transforming inner city communities is the answer to bringing a turnaround in the crime and violence that has beset the country.



According to him, hard policing has not worked.



Levy says at-risk youths must be given better economic and social opportunities so that they will turn away from crime and violence.



It is against the background that he says the government must give more resources to the community renewal project so that it can fast-track its work in vulnerable communities.



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