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Absence of fathers in sons' lives significantly influencing crime, says Bunting

Published:Wednesday | May 14, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

National security minister Peter Bunting says the absence of Jamaica's fathers in their sons' lives continues to significantly influence crime and violence and he wants more help from the Church.

Speaking on Power 106FM’s Independent Talk this morning, Bunting said more than 50 per cent of criminal gang members in Jamaica do not know their fathers.

He says the risk of boys between ages 14 and 24 being involved in violent crimes including murder, increases four fold when a father is absent.

It is why he wants more help from the Church to play a greater role in family life.

Bunting says the situation involving males in crimes becomes worse as 86 per cent of criminal gang members drop out of before reaching grade nine.


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