A strictly security-focused approach to crime prevention is costly, ineffective and paves the way for human rights violations

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Just a couple of days ago, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said, frowning heavily as he spoke at the opening of a new police station in his own constituency of Olympic Gardens, Kingston:

There is no doubt that our use of States of Public Emergency has worked to reduce murders and shootings where ever they have been deployed. Of greater importance is that the public views the States of Emergency (SOEs) as effective in improving their safety and security.

We have to use exceptional powers to address this epidemic that we have of crime and violence.

There must never be a time when criminals feel that they are above the law. If advised, I am prepared to call a State of Public Emergency in Central Kingston to respond to those criminals who are putting the lives of innocent citizens at risk.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness touting the positive impact of “exceptional…

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