By Heather Sutton In the recent IDB publication, we set out to answer the question is crime in the Caribbean unique in some way? The answer is YES. The study, Restoring Paradise in the Caribbean: Combating Violence with Numbers (executive summary here), uses crime victimization surveys of a representative sample of the population in five Caribbean capital cities (C5). By using … [Read more...] about Is Crime in the Caribbean Unique?
By Jennifer Peirce In recent years, the “mano dura” strategy of widespread imprisonment has been popular among many political leaders. Now, in the face of evidence that it has not reduced violence levels, some governments are taking a different tack. This is the case in Belize, a small country of only about 350,000 residents and an unusual vulnerability to natural … [Read more...] about How Belize Can Reduce Crime by Investing More in At-Risk-Youth
The gun was pointed directly at us. What scared me was not so much the gun but the crazed look in the 18-year-old’s eyes. It was as if anything done at that moment would make him jump and inadvertently pull the trigger. I, at 15 years old, was paralyzed with fear. My brother gently eased my seat back and told me to stay low. He slowly stepped out of his car. I remember the … [Read more...] about Healing for the Victim and the Offender Part I