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Nothing to gain from anti-gang laws, says Sobers

Published: Wednesday January 1, 2014 | 6:15 pm Comments 0
McCalla Sobers - File Photo
McCalla Sobers - File Photo

KINGSTON, Jamaica:
Human rights lobbyist, Yvonne McCalla Sobers, says the country will gain nothing from implementing anti-gang laws.

Reacting to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's announcement that the Government intends to pass the controversial laws by the end of the first quarter of this year, McCalla Sobers said anti-gang laws have worked nowhere else in the world and could in fact increase gang recruitment instead of controlling and preventing it.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre the executive director of the group, Families Against State Terrorism, said there is evidence that anti-gang laws have only criminalised and alienated people in jurisdictions where they have been implemented.

She also expressed a lack of confidence in the implementation of crime prevention strategies announced by the National Security Minister in December, saying although Jamaica's police were properly trained, there is an existing culture of disrespect towards lower income and inner city communities.

McCalla Sobers said there have been many attempts to implement projects, which have not worked at the police level.


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