There is a certain something to the old adage crime does not pay.
That something is centered on the fact that in countries in which democratic principles are observed under the rule of law, crimes are adequately punished to create an effective deterrent to the offender and others.
It is critical that those elected to lead modern societies hold firm to their core responsibility to keep their populations safe.
Safety is relative it is subjective and it is always challenging.
That is why it is important that legislatures pass adequate laws with enough teeth which empower law enforcement and Courts to adequately put those who would do harm to society in prescribed places for prescribed periods of time until such time as they are reformed.
For the most part, many modern societies have done just that, so too has totalitarian states responded to crime in decisive ways, though not always in ways to which I would subscribe.
Fundamentally, when people are given opportunities to work and advance their dreams they are less likely, though not averse, to engaging in criminal conduct.
So there is much to be said for providing jobs as a means to lowering crime, nevertheless, it is important to recognize that jobs do not eliminate criminal conduct.
Even as Jamaica strive for development it has not exactly shown through its leadership directions that it fundamentally grasped the basic tenets of whats it takes to build a truly successful and democratic society.
In many cases, Jamaica has demonstrated tendencies which are better associated with Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin, and South America.
Jamaican law enforcement officers have borne the brunt of criticisms for corruption and the escalating crime situation on the Island.
In fact, the controversial commissioner of INDECOM has continually yet incorrectly stated that the wave of crime sweeping the country may be directly attributed to a lack of trust between citizens and law enforcement.
Trust is imperative if police are to effectively deal with crime. There must be a partnership between citizens and police that is true.
Nevertheless, a lack of trust between citizens and police is only one component which is hampering crime on the Island.
The lack of teeth in Jamaica’ s laws has for decades been one of the drivers of crime.
There is no one issue responsible for the crime but the laws of Jamaica actually put to lie the old adage crime does not pay.
Legislators have refused to change old laws. Prosecutors have not charged up in many cases. Judges have been far too lenient and as a result, police dropped their hands in some respects.
Criminals are really not as stupid as Jamaican authorities seem to think. They are quite sharp, as a matter of fact, they know fertile soil when they see it.
It should come as no surprise then that crime is so high in Jamaica. Lax laws. Ineffectual law enforcement. Corrupt government agencies. Poverty. A criminally complicit and acquiescent population. Failed political leadership are just a few of the components which have created the perfect storm which has turned crime does not pay on its head.
In Jamaica crime pays.