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Bring back the strident laws of the land!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Dear Editor,

When I read the newspapers and see where some people of good standing — and who would make a difference based on the influence that they have — get media coverage for some of the rubbish that they conceive, I am ashamed.

Too often when politicians get into office they behave as if they are not Jamaicans and don't know what is happening in the country. They are the ones that cause crime to be at the level it is today, as every law on the books has been watered down to make criminals, or those who have the intention to commit any offence, feel bold.

The punishments of hard labour, lashing and hanging, as far as I am concerned, are not inhumane. What is inhumane is the gruesome way in which these criminals carry out there vicious acts on the people and the suffering that they go through if they survive the ordeal. This pain and anguish accompanies every criminal offence committed by the criminals, which include shooting, rape, wounding, robbery, praedial larceny, housebreaking, and all other crimes.

The people are not wrong to continue blaming successive governments for what is happening in our country. Bring back the strident laws that have teeth that were very effective. What has been tried with the watering down of the laws has not worked, and will never work; things are only getting worse.

Stop talking about reform, because as a man is released from prison the first thing he talks about is that he is just coming from prison and that he is not afraid to go back. Were he properly punished, based on the law, he would never utter those words.

Let's get back to the real punishment for the crime committed. Criminals are too protected in this country. It should be the the law- abiding citizens who feel protected.

Concerned Jamaican

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