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Hanna Martin says she won’t hop on the bandwagon for capital punishment

EDUCATION Minister Glenys Hanna Martin.

EDUCATION Minister Glenys Hanna Martin.

By PAVEL BAILEY

Tribune Staff Reporter

pbailey@tribunemedia.net

EDUCATION Minister Glenys Hanna Martin said she won’t join the bandwagon for reinstating capital punishment because the return of the penalty is unrealistic.

She said focus should be on taking young people off the streets and teaching them a better way to live.

She spoke after former Cabinet minister Leslie Miller said legislators “lack the guts” to bring back the death penalty.

She said calling for the death penalty is a “go-to” move when violent crime increases. But, she said, “the reality is that jurisprudence is making it more and more unlikely that you are going to see executions any time soon. I have to be realistic about it. I could join the bandwagon, make everybody feel happy, but I’m not that type.”

“We are concerned and it’s all hands on deck. We could point fingers, I’m good at that too, but I think that is at such levels now that we have to just determine that we have to come together.

The minister of education emphasised the need to enter communities most affected by crime and for rehabilitative school programmes to steer youth in the right direction.

Education Director Dominique Russell said her ministry is working to ensure that public schools nationwide provide a safe environment for students. She said the ministry had partnered with several private stakeholders to provide anger management and mentoring programmes to at-risk students.

“We are seeking to ensure that all of our children have access to co-curricular and extracurricular activities because of the advantage that they provide,” she said. “And so we have invited a number of our partners to continue to partner with us to provide these mentoring services and some instances anger management sessions or increased anger management sessions, increased counselling, more restorative practices are instituting.”

The Ministry of Education launches its Student Development Co-Curricular Activities today.

Comments

birdiestrachan 3 months, 1 week ago

I disagree with the death penalty will those persons who want hanging will they be the executor Innocent persons have been hanged , hanging is not the miraculous cure shame on all the pastors who will quote the lies , Cain was not hanged

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ThisIsOurs 3 months, 1 week ago

Mrs Hanna Martin is proving herself to be a very savvy person... and clearly she has no interest in pandering, even if she breaks line with her party. This is the type of conviction we need in a PM. She is also Bahamian first as she demonstrated when she actually did break with her party on the Paradise Island land giveaway to foreign interests over a Bahamian. I believe she's better suited for PM on the PLP side than anyone else on the short list... have to examine her more closely

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concernedcitizen 3 months, 1 week ago

So we just forget about the 30 million or so that didn,t get to the treasury when she was Minister of transport and head of road traffic

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ThisIsOurs 3 months, 1 week ago

No because I dont believe in cults of personality. Im still impressed by her but I add my caveat "have to examine her more closely"

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sheeprunner12 3 months, 1 week ago

GHM represents a ghetto constituency ........ Why would she support capital punishment?

Many of her supporters & generals maybe linked to the criminal underworld, so she has to be "savvy".

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M0J0 3 months, 1 week ago

This is why the crime situation will never change. We rather rub the hand of the killer rather than give them a suitable punishment for their crimes. Kill 20 spend 5 years max, come back out kill 20 more. It won't change until it hits home for some.

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