EDITOR, The Tribune.
As A trained lawyer, albeit a defrocked one, I had extensive practice before the Criminal Defence Bar during my hey days. In fact, at any given time, I commanded 80 per cent or more of the most heinous cases before all courts, the Supreme and Magistrates included. The other lawyers were obliged to literally, in some case, fight for the crumbs. As such, I came to understand the economic and psychology of crime and the causation.
I hate to say it but the politicians, across the gambit of political parties and the police do not have a single clue as to the causation of crime and the mental process therein involved. It would appear that their collective reaction is to expand the police force; throw additional financial and other resources to them; build bigger jail facilities; set up more courts, while recruiting 'mediocre' junior lawyers with little or no real-life experiences and simply to assume that criminal perpetrators should simply be locked up and throw away the keys.
They also love to announce crime suppression programmes but few of them ever address the root causes of crime, in my view. A large number of our criminally charged Bahamians are, basically, youthful or young adults with next to no formal and extensive education. Many are raised in what is called single parent homes led by equally youthful or young female 'adults', who themselves are products of these type environment.
As a direct result, the bilk of them, in my view have no marketable skills and lack the stabilising presence of an on-site father or other male figure. The mothers are so busy trying to eke out a living so many of them have no time to 'love' and nurture these alleged criminals based on Christian principles. Many of these misguided people find 'acceptance' and 'love' in all the wrong places which could lead to a life of crime; inclusive of serial homicides; rape; sexual abuse and human exploitation.
We all need secure sources of income. If you have no marketable skills or knowledge of how to legally earn a living what do you think that they will do? Rob; thief; kill and destroy all and sundry. These are the stark economic and psychological facts that have often been ignored by the powers that be at any given time. These data and facts are simple but they have all ignored and/or marginalised them, to our collective societal detriment, big time.
It has now been reported that the level of alleged homicides, the worst possible crime, in my view, is above 122 and counting. Perhaps, even as you are reading this missive, yet another alleged homicide would have occurred. We have another month in this year of Our Lord 2022. How many more will be wiped out while the politicians continue to ignore the necessity of a National Youth Scheme, by whatever name you wish to call it.
That scheme should be mandatory from the high school level until aged 18 or 21 as the case may be. Of course, there would be exemptions but by and large, such a scheme must be mandatory. Rehabilitation has been ignored by all administrations, so far. The ones that have been advanced makes absolutely no sense, at least to me and are designed for mere political posturing and preening - no more no less. Look at some of the celebrated crime consultants, with all due respect.
Do the majority of them inculcate and bring any new and effective proposals to the table or is it more of the same? The economics and psychology of crime must be addressed before anything else. Once we would have done this, we are then able to conceptualise real solutions. This administration has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get this crime plague out of the way, but it will need political will power and focus. Anything less will not, in my view.
ORTLAND H BODIE, Jr
November 30, 2022.
themessenger 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Why don't you consult with the learned Minister responsible Bodie, like you he has all the answers. While you're at it, don't forget to include Crime Tsar Rodney and the pastor in your consultations maybe then the taxpayers may see some miniscule return on their investment.
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