As Nations Move To Stiffen Gun Laws, Jamaica’s Self-righteous Judges Release Gangsters On Probation.……

More than all, the Jamaican Government have bone-head­ed­ly refused to see that the (crim­i­nal-cen­tered, rather than a vic­tim-cen­tered) crime strat­e­gy it has pur­sued, is a con­trib­u­tor to the nation’s run­away mur­der rate.
Both Political par­ties have pur­sued poli­cies which have aid­ed crim­i­nals.
Yet they con­tin­ue to deceive the Jamaican peo­ple with band-aid strate­gies aimed only at their own self ‑inter­est, rather than the inter­est of the nation.
Jamaica’s vio­lent crime rate is not going to be reme­died with states of emer­gen­cies, Zones of spe­cial oper­a­tions, or any oth­er band-aid fix­es.
Since the nation declared a mora­to­ri­um on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, the pos­ture must be impris­on­ment for extreme­ly long stretch­es for vio­lent offend­ers and offend­ers caught with an ille­gal weapon.
The laws employed in Jamaica are aid­ing crim­i­nal­i­ty. The mur­der­ers are win­ning, while the Government blows smoke up the nation’s ass.

Jamaica has been no stranger to ridicu­lous sen­tences met­ed out to crim­i­nals, which do not fit the seri­ous­ness of the crimes com­mit­ted.
Over the last three decades, as the coun­try declared a mora­to­ri­um on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, to please its colo­nial mas­ters, crime has tak­en a decid­ed­ly north­ward tra­jec­to­ry.
Despite unequiv­o­cal evi­dence that remov­ing cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment from the table has embold­ened the Island’s crim­i­nals, unelect­ed lib­er­al judges con­tin­ue to thwart the will of the peo­ple and allow dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals to walk with mere slaps on the wrist.
The Island Nation has always had a roman­tic ide­al­ism when it comes to the per­cep­tion of the sup­pos­ed­ly-inde­pen­dent judi­cia­ry.
Hardly any Jamaican will believe you if you tell them that there are cor­rupt judges.
Understandably, it shocks their sen­si­bil­i­ties and dis­rupts the last ves­tiges of hon­esty and safe­ty they have cre­at­ed for them­selves in their own heads about peo­ple with pow­er.
This naïveté suits the tri­al lawyers, their clients, and the media prac­ti­tion­ers who heap prais­es on the judges for return­ing the mur­der­ers to the streets, as soon as the police arrest them.
In the mean­time, gun crimes con­tin­ue to increase even as the bod­ies of the secu­ri­ty forces con­tin­ue to be used in long stretch­es, as they are asked to main­tain States of Emergencies and Zones of Special Operations in myr­i­ad places across the Island.
In announc­ing, his lat­est State Of Emergency, Prime Minister Andrew Holness told the coun­try, there are enough police and sol­diers to main­tain the lat­est dec­la­ra­tions.
Speaking to a cou­ple of sol­diers, they told me dif­fer­ent­ly. One mem­ber told me that after doing their shifts he and his col­leagues were forced to sleep in their vehi­cle, as there was nowhere else.
No prepa­ra­tion was made for their accom­mo­da­tion.


A 19-year-old car­pen­ter, was sen­tenced to three years pro­ba­tion on each count for ille­gal pos­ses­sion of firearm and ammu­ni­tion.

A 19-old, was sen­tenced to a fine of $400,000 or two years in prison for ille­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm and three years pro­ba­tion for ille­gal pos­ses­sion of ammu­ni­tion.

A 43-year-old, was con­vict­ed of rob­bery with aggra­va­tion. He was sen­tenced to 18 months at hard labor, each for ille­gal pos­ses­sion of firearm and rob­bery with aggra­va­tion.

In the mean­time, New Zealand’s gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to cre­ate a reg­istry of all guns in the coun­try and stiff­en penal­ties on ille­gal gun sales and mod­i­fi­ca­tions. The move comes six months after a gun­man killed 51 peo­ple at mosques in Christchurch. “Owning a firearm is a priv­i­lege not a right,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday, adding, “That means we need to do all we can to ensure that only hon­est, law-abid­ing cit­i­zens are able to obtain firearms licens­es and use firearms.

New Zealand’s homi­cide rate in 2014 was (1) per 100,000, as opposed to Jamaica’s which is (47) to every 100,000 peo­ple. Between 2007 – 2016 there were 686 peo­ple killed by homi­cide (ie mur­der and manslaugh­ter offens­es) In New Zealand.
That is 686 peo­ple killed in a coun­try of rough­ly five mil­lion peo­ple over a (9) nine-year peri­od.
Conversely, Jamaica, a coun­try of 2.7 mil­lion peo­ple records rough­ly 1600 homi­cides in a sin­gle year.
See infor­ma­tion on World’s homi­cide rates here.
Jamaica is in the com­pa­ny of El Salvador at 83 and Honduras at 57 per 100,000 respec­tive­ly.

Why Jamaica’s polit­i­cal lead­er­ship has refused to deal deci­sive­ly with the issue of crime and vio­lence remains some­what of a mys­tery to many, to the major­i­ty of us who served in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, not so much.
The polit­i­cal lead­er­ship had scant regard or respect for the police depart­ment, and for good rea­son.
The major­i­ty of the senior mem­bers of the force were not lead­ers in the true sense of the word. They were polit­i­cal lack­eys, pro­mot­ed not on mer­it but on the basis of their sub­servience.
Data and pol­i­cy posi­tions come from the (UWI), the University of the West Indies, the nation’s pre­em­i­nent insti­tu­tion of high­er learn­ing.
Policies are arrived at from the pon­tif­i­ca­tion of self-aggran­diz­ing idiots who give text­book ideas which are not test­ed in prac­ti­cal sit­u­a­tions and which are gen­er­al­ly unsuit­ed for Jamaica’s unique sit­u­a­tion.
It would make sense that since they do not respect the police enough to hear from them, they would ask an inde­pen­dent police offi­cial from a first world coun­try to come in and assist them with polic­ing poli­cies.
Unfortunately for the Nation’s law-abid­ing cit­i­zens, they don’t they default to their friends and cohorts from the UWI.

The high­er ech­e­lons of the Constabulary, the Judiciary, the legal fra­ter­ni­ty, the media, and every oth­er stra­tum of civ­il soci­ety is now packed with lead­ers from the UWI.
Yes, that same left­ist caul­dron of failed social­ist ide­ol­o­gy. So there is no diver­si­ty of thought. PNP and JLP have dif­fer­ing ideas on how to fleece the nation’s trea­sury and how to retain pow­er. Nevertheless, when it comes to the for­mu­la­tion of pub­lic pol­i­cy they are all prod­ucts of the very same dirty pool.
Once upon a time, I would write about their refusal to take the police’s per­spec­tive into con­sid­er­a­tion when bills are being debat­ed.
Not that expert input is con­sid­ered when vir­gin leg­is­la­tion is being debat­ed in this coun­try.
There is no need to con­sid­er the police when they debate new leg­is­la­tion today. The police hier­ar­chy is no more decou­pled from the left­ist ide­ol­o­gy today than it was two or three decades ago. The police force is now a top-heavy park­ing lot for PhDs. and oth­er aca­d­e­m­ic types all from the same dirty pool.

In 2018 the Jamaican Judiciary issued a state­ment through its mouth­piece the Court Management Service (CMS) after senior inves­ti­ga­tors of the JCF draft­ed a doc­u­ment which revealed that judges in St James, Westmoreland, Hanover, and Trelawny are opt­ing more for fines, sus­pend­ed sen­tences, and pro­ba­tion orders for per­sons con­vict­ed for ille­gal pos­ses­sion of firearm and ammu­ni­tion.
Of course, the sanc­ti­mo­nious hyp­ocrites believe they are above being crit­i­cized, and God for­bid that the crit­i­cism should come from the low­ly police.
So they issued their own state­ment, quite unusu­al because they pre­vi­ous­ly did not both­er to respond to crit­i­cisms, they are above it all, right?
The judi­cia­ry has no objec­tion to “appro­pri­ate scruti­ny” but it should be done in a man­ner that is fair, bal­anced, and based on full and accu­rate infor­ma­tion”. The Judges said.
If you have to address being scru­ti­nized, you clear­ly abhor being scru­ti­nized, after all, you are mem­bers of the [inde­pen­dent Judiciary right].

But they weren’t done.

The judi­cia­ry wel­comes and under­stands the pub­lic inter­est in the dis­pen­sa­tion of crim­i­nal jus­tice, espe­cial­ly at a time when there is height­ened sen­si­tiv­i­ty to the high lev­els of some crimes in our coun­try,”
“However, inac­cu­rate, incom­plete, and unver­i­fied infor­ma­tion that unfair­ly gen­er­ates neg­a­tive per­cep­tions of sen­tenc­ing prac­tices brings the judi­cia­ry and our sys­tem of jus­tice into dis­re­pute and cre­ates a sig­nif­i­cant threat to the rule of law and the fab­ric of our democ­ra­cy

The sheer arro­gance of this state­ment, smack of elit­ism of the first order.
The trans­par­ent annoy­ance in this [form] response from the Judiciary, was an affront to the intel­lect of dis­cern­ing Jamaicans who must know that whether they like it or not, some Judges do accept bribes. That some of the sen­tences being met­ed out reflects that real­i­ty. That regard­less of the smoke they blow up the nation’s col­lec­tive ass, the issue is not just the wide dis­par­i­ty in the sen­tences, the sen­tences are whol­ly inap­pro­pri­ate.
If judges do not like sen­tenc­ing crim­i­nals to prison, they are free to get off the tax­pay­er’s dole and become defense lawyers.
However, while they remain on the dole, they have a duty and a respon­si­bil­i­ty to fol­low the laws, they do no work for them­selves, they are ser­vants of the Jamaican peo­ple.
As for their sup­posed inde­pen­dence, that went out the door when Justice Bryan Sykes, was appoint­ed to act as Chief Justice.
So much for Judicial inde­pen­dence, all of a sud­den the thin veneer of above-it-all was peeled away, reveal­ing the truth of their lit­tle social club.

The crime sta­tis­tics are not whol­ly the result of light sen­tences, police cor­rup­tion, polit­i­cal inter­fer­ence-incom­pe­tence, or the pop­u­la­tion’s across-the-board pre­dis­po­si­tion to be soft on crim­i­nals, it is a con­flu­ence of all of the above, and then some.
In the same breath, there is no greater group of cheer-lead­ers for the light sen­tences being hand­ed down to mur­der­ers and crim­i­nals arrest­ed with ille­gal weapons and ammu­ni­tion, than the crim­i­nal lawyers on the Island.
As offi­cers of the court, the Jamaican bar has become a dis­gust­ing lob­by for crim­i­nals, in a mis­guid­ed mis­un­der­stand­ing of their roles as defend­ers of the inno­cent and uphold­ers of the laws.

At the risk of sound­ing like a bro­ken record, I will con­tin­ue to say the obvi­ous. As Nations across the globe seeks to tight­en loop­holes to pre­vent crim­i­nals from under­min­ing their soci­eties, the Island nation of Jamaica con­tin­ues to pla­cate crim­i­nals by giv­ing voice to crim­i­nal rights lob­bies, crim­i­nal defense lawyers and tak­ing into account the feel­ings of crim­i­nals while ignor­ing the rights of crime vic­tims.
It is a shock­ing abdi­ca­tion of duty, yet it serves the nar­row polit­i­cal inter­ests of both polit­i­cal par­ties and the spe­cial inter­est groups which have made the Island’s mur­der rate their feed­ing tree.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, a busi­ness own­er, avid researcher, and blog­ger. 
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