Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Some studies show that if you live in a low-income country, you are more likely to become the victim of crime than if you live in a rich country. Sounds logical, right? But here's something interesting: Nicaragua has one of the lowest incomes in the region, yet it also has one of the lowest homicide rates in Central America. … [Read more...] about How effective is community-based policing? The case of Nicaragua.
In my previous blog I explained in general terms how predictive policing works. Now I will explain its implementation in more detail. Studies in the United States have shown that half the crimes in Seattle take place in just 4.5 percent of the city's streets; that a bit more than 3 percent of the streets and intersections in Minneapolis account for half the crime … [Read more...] about Without Fears
When I was 14 years old, I stood at my window and watched as a young man ran for his life and another young man calmly stood, aimed and shot him to death. They were both under the age of 25. The following year, my best friend, 15 years old, barely made it to his front door before he collapsed. He had stab wounds over his entire body. In that same year, my brother and I … [Read more...] about At-Risk Young Men in the Bahamas: An Endangered Species?
Earlier this month I attended “Crime and Violence in The Bahamas: Data-Driven Policies for Effective Citizen Security”, a workshop jointly hosted by the IDB and the Government of The Bahamas. The purpose of the workshop was to learn about evidence-based approaches to violence reduction that have been successful elsewhere, and consider how stakeholders in The Bahamas can … [Read more...] about Reducing Community Violence Starts at Home
by Michael Nelson, Natalie Bethel, Astrid Wynter and Cherran O’Brien Is national income per capita a comprehensive reflection of the development status of a country? What if it is an archipelagic nation lying in the middle of the hurricane belt with a small population, high geographic and economic concentration of production, high reliance on one market for export earnings, … [Read more...] about The IDB’s Country Strategy with the Government of The Bahamas