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Commissioner wants heavier sentences for criminals

Published:Saturday | October 19, 2013 | 6:24 PM

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says one of the biggest challenges in the fight against crime in Jamaica is the light sentences given to criminals.

Speaking at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s quarterly press conference this week, Ellington pointed to the use of sentencing guidelines in other countries to establish the minimum prison term of various offences.

However, with criminals having easy access to illegal guns, the commissioner says he not able to predict what sentences will be handed down by the courts in cases where persons are convicted on firearm or drug-related charges.

He says unless there is a sentencing regime that sends a clear signal that there are consequences for committing crimes, persons engaged in criminals activities will only consider the benefits of their actions.


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