You have seen me talk about the maddeningly outrageous sentences meted out by Jamaican judges even as the country continue to be drenched in blood.
A mother beats to death her two-year-old toddler for defecating on herself. A retarded judge gives her a three -year sentence suspended for two years.
Murderers who are arrested by the police are summarily granted paltry cash bail and returned to the streets, regardless of the fact that they were already on bail for having murdered and had gone back to kill, sometimes up to six separate times.
Instead of fixing these glaring inconsistencies in the justice dispensation process the brain-dead decision makers will lecture you on the virtues of securing the rights of murders. Never mind that the murdered and assaulted parties had their right to life and safety taken from them without anyone speaking on their behalf.
Shockingly, as gangsters continue to murder whomever they want without any visible or discernable fear of the law, the authorities continue to embark on a process which may only be characterized as the response of the people who pretended that the naked emperor was in fact clothed.
Those in the diaspora who brave the killings and return to settle are targeted by gangsters, sometimes with the aid and blessings of their relatives and are usually viciously and senselessly murdered.
The murders are generally carried out in the most graphic and barbaric of fashion. They simply wash away the blood and continue on as if they never existed.
We have been talking about these contradictions which are easily fixable in our country, yet administrations of both the JLP and the PNP have ignored the seriousness of the consequences of crime on the society, focusing instead on adding more and more layers of oversight to the already feckless police department rendering it even more useless to the fight at hand.
We have decided that wherever possible we will bring you the graphic images of what is really happening even while the world’s attention is hijacked and forcibly diverted to the carnival in Washington DC.
We can in no way continue to pretend that this wanton and gruesome way of life is normal. We cannot continue to hide these images and pretend that we do not have problems. We simply cannot continue to hide these factual images while pretending that it’s not so bad, all the while telling ourselves that there are killings everywhere.
I call on the legislature to stop playing politics with this existential problem and get to the task of drafting, debating and passing laws which make it clear that killings, rapes, violent crimes will no longer be tolerated.
At the same time, it is imperative to attach mandatory minimum sentences to violent crimes, thereby removing from the Island’s criminal-loving judges the ability to set murderers and other violent felons free with the slightest of slap on the wrist even for murder.
The court’s sabotage of the process has over the last several decades contributed to the nation’s crime trajectory. It has undoubtedly created and aided malaise and apathy in law-enforcement on the one hand and on the other hand created corruption in some members.
The average law abiding Jamaican are left to wonder whether they will ever again have a life when they can live their lives in ways that are less than caged animals dreading the butcher’s knife.
This situation can be remedied all is required is the will to do it but both sides of the political divide must stop pandering to the faux forces of human rights which have set up shop in our country.