Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Plan to Reform Policing Legislation


Security issues have been weighing heavily on us recently, and our relatively new Minister of National Security is seeking to find a way to make fundamental changes. “Band-aids” are easy to apply, but soon fall off. As I have noted in this blog many times before, serious and long-term reform is needed, and the sooner … More Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Plan to Reform Policing Legislation

Crimes Committed by People on Bail: An Access to Information Story


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
Jamaica’s Access to Information (ATI) Act was passed in 2002 and I believe, despite some of the weaknesses which remain in its provisions, it is an extremely important and potentially powerful tool for members of the public. The following objectives are stated in the legislation: In addition…

Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016


It’s that sad anniversary again (why does 9/11 always seem to come round so fast?) That clear blue day when tragedy and horror struck, and nothing was ever the same again. We were in New York City at the time…But that’s another story. It’s also 29 years today since reggae star Peter Tosh was murdered. … More Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016

Contractor General Dirk Harrison Urges Citizens: Be an Advocate for Positive Change


Late last year, the non-governmental organization National Integrity Action held another membership induction ceremony at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI). It was an inspiring event; NIA is building an impressive cadre of very smart young people who are willing to step forward and advocate for transparency and accountability in governance. … More Contractor General Dirk Harrison Urges Citizens: Be an Advocate for Positive Change

Public Trust and Public Support: The INDECOM Commissioner Explains The Connection


I touched on this issue in a recent post, and am happy to say that I now have the complete text of a speech by Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams to the Rotary Club on Mandeville on August 11, 2015. I am sharing this with you, because I feel Mr. … More Public Trust and Public Support: The INDECOM Commissioner Explains The Connection

“Informer Fi Dead”: Is It Really The Key Obstacle to Fighting Crime?


Is the allegedly widespread anti-informer mindset (described as “all pervasive” by the Director of Public Prosecutions some months ago) really the main factor in Jamaica’s inability to tackle our endless wave of crime and violence? Here is an article by Jaevion Nelson, a young human rights and development practitioner who writes a weekly column in … More “Informer Fi Dead”: Is It Really The Key Obstacle to Fighting Crime?

International Partners, “Chik V” and Slash and Burn: Wednesday, July 16, 2014


The drought continues. The heat continues. I am thinking we should maybe pave over our lawn, or turn our front yard into a callaloo bed, or just a flower bed. Anything is better than the patch of bare earth and dying yellow grass that currently calls itself a lawn. Well, @JamaicaWeather shared a little map … More International Partners, “Chik V” and Slash and Burn: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Can We “Unite for Change”? Yes, I think we must.


Crime is a complex thing. And that’s an understatement. So, I understand the need for a “movement” – something that is going to turn the tide nationally while pulling together all the strands in this web. This morning, the Ministry of National Security launched such an initiative: the start, one hopes and prays, of a genuine, detailed, … More Can We “Unite for Change”? Yes, I think we must.

Homophobia and Violence in Jamaica: An Issue Brief from J-FLAG


Yes, there has been much discussion on this topic, much of it based on perception rather than fact. This issue brief from J-FLAG seeks to provide information, perspective and some balance to the issue of homophobia and violence in Jamaica. Please take the time to read and share. You will find the brief – including … More Homophobia and Violence in Jamaica: An Issue Brief from J-FLAG