P.M. Predicts Drastic Crime Reduction in Jamaica

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands– Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness is confident that his administration will drastically reduce murders in his country, even as he acknowledged that the island has a “very complicated social construct.”

AcroppedHolness, who was speaking here recently, said his government is committed to bringing crime under control without making a trade-off in relation to human rights. However, he said as his country moves to deal with the situation, it has had to deploy emergency measures in the form of a declaration of a state of public emergency.

Holness promised his audience that the next time he addresses them “the next statistic I will put out regarding our crime situation will be a phenomenal reduction in murders in our country.”

Last year, 1,287 murders were committed in Jamaica. Up to April this year, the figure stood at 406.

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