By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE crime situation will remain the same as long as those in power benefit from it, said Bishop Simeon Hall.
Bishop Hall said Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson's contribution to the Senate this week attests to the fact that lawyers look for loopholes in the system.
"I am convinced that some lawyers are comfortable with things being as they are so that they can benefit economically from the state of things," he said.
"The existence of some 400 plus persons out on bail and the abuse of the system by some lawyers, reflect miserably on those persons responsible for it."
More than 400 charged with murder in the last decade are on bail, revealed Mrs Maynard-Gibson in her contribution to the 2012-2013 budget on Monday.
As a matter of public safety, she said it is concerning that an accurate record of how many people are out on bail has not been kept.
"At the moment we have to aggressively address the woefully inadequate record keeping," Mrs Maynard-Gibson said.
"This is because the inadequate record keeping produces unreliable results."
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said she will make every effort to get to the bottom of the matter and determine the exact number of accused murderers out of bail.
According to Bishop Hall over the last 10 years, both political parties played the "name and blame game" while both are responsible for the current crime problem.
Bishop Hall said he hopes the new government will take steps to address the issue and not just point out the justice system's shortcomings.
"Each and every new Attorney General," he said, "points to the failures in the system, most times leaving it as they met it. I am hopeful it does not happen this time.
"For the Bail Act to be remedied, it might call for Constitutional changes, then who better to lead the way than the legal minds that framed it."