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Social intervention agencies dysfunctional – Chang

Published:Thursday | October 13, 2016 | 10:35 AM
Dr Horace Chang

Member of Parliament for the crime-torn St James north western constituency, Dr Horace Chang, has painted a picture of dysfunction and inefficiency among social intervention agencies working in the area to tackle crime.

Police statistics show that in St James alone more than 200 people have been killed since the start of the year, the second straight year the parish has recorded over 200 murders.

Most of the murders have taken place in Montego Bay communities represented by Dr Chang.

And making his contribution to the constituency debate in parliament yesterday, Dr Chang said crime and violence continues to soar in Montego Bay despite social intervention efforts.

He said lack of cooperation between the social intervention entities is the main reason more has not been achieved.

 

Dr Chang shared that two training centres built through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) remain closed because of the lack of coordination among the responsible entities.