by Heather Sutton, Inder Ruprah and Ricardo Sierra Most Caribbean governments now acknowledge that prevention should be used in conjunction with “tougher” crime suppression and deterrence measures. So why does prevention get so little attention and even fewer resources? There is a common misconception that crime requires urgent solutions and prevention can take too long and be … [Read more...] about What Does Parenting Have to do with Crime and Violence in the Caribbean?*
As in other parts of the LAC region, crime and violence have deeply negative effects on businesses and individuals in the Caribbean. The IDB has supported data generation in the region using victimization surveys for individuals and businesses, the highlights of which are presented in this month’s quarterly bulletin with a special focus on crime. … [Read more...] about Crime in Paradise: Preview of Forthcoming IDB Study on Crime in the Caribbean
In April 2013, The Bahamas’ Attorney-General requested a grant to pilot methods to reduce the lengthy turnaround times on criminal cases. Ensuring the funding for this technical cooperation was challenging. Among the IDB’s trust funds, The Bahamas is not an “A” candidate to invest in. However, once in execution, we anchored the outcome of this technical cooperation’s pilot case … [Read more...] about Working Together to Strengthen the Rule of Law in the Bahamas
by Dana King Awareness campaign to fight crime in Trinidad and Tobago Betheem Gardens is a low-income neighborhood and crime “hotspot” that sits on the outskirts of Port of Spain and runs alongside the East/West corridor highway and Trinidad’s largest landfill. For those that live in this community, the stigma associated with the neighborhood can be as potent as the … [Read more...] about Empowering communities helps reducing crime in Trinidad and Tobago
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. What's … [Read more...] about How effective is community-based policing? The case of Nicaragua.