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Let's start here with crime, PM

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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The following is an open letter to Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness @AndrewHolnessJM:

Dear Editor,

It is my opinion that crime is so rampant because there is little risk perceived by the criminal. As far as he is concerned, he is unlikely to be killed or caught, so he acts with relative impunity.

It is my opinion, therefore, that the fight against crime starts with increasing the risk of being a criminal. Below I will outline how I believe this can be done:

Step 1: Change the law to allow to declare those perpetrating a crime against people with whom they have no legitimate beef with a terrorist. So, for example, if a baby is murdered or a grandmother, there can be no legitimate beef. To the contrary, in a gang feud, if you kill another gang member then your a murderer, but not a terrorist. (Keep this in mind.)

Step 2: Form a panel of five judges that the police and or director of public prosecutions applies to make a case that individual X should be labelled a terrorist based on XYX. Once three of the five judges agree, person X is labelled a terrorist.

Step 3: Once person X is labelled a terrorist, it is advertised broadly and person X has 48 hours to turn himself in. If not, a manhunt begins by a special squad that is judged only by how many of the people on the list it catches.

Step 4: If person X turns himself, in he faces a terrorist hearing immediately. This is to say he is either not guilty or that he should be tried for murder and not terrorism. (Keep this in mind.) If he didn't turn in himself he waives the right to the hearing and is immediately tried as a terrorist.

Step 5: Those being tried as terrorists cannot receive bail. They are tried by three judges and no jury, evidence can be given by video or in writing, and case must be tried within six months.

Step 6: Once found guilty, an automatic 25 years minimum is applied and all assets are ceased.

I think if we start there we might reach somewhere.

You can add the community intervention and all that as well, but let's start there.

Damion Crawford

forwardcrawford@gmail.com

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