Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The #1 US Export to the Caribbean

US representative denies link between deportees and escalating crime

United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mary Kramer, says there is no factual basis on which to suggest that criminal deportees from the United States are contributing to the escalating crime situation in the Caribbean.

(Click on the headline above to see the full article.)

Also in the news, from the Santa Maria Times, today:

California prison officials seem a little surprised that the recidivism rate has been inching downward for the past few years. In 2003, just more than 38 percent of inmates released were back in prison by the following year, the lowest percentage since 1979.

That statistic seems encouraging - until you look at the two-year recidivism rate. Of those inmates paroled in 2003, nearly 52 percent were back in prison by the end of 2005. The national average for a two-year period is about 41 percent.


Basically this is saying that 41% of the average US parolees end up back in prison at the end of two years.

Now we have the US ambassador claiming that there is no evidence that criminal deportees who are sent back to the Caribbean after completing their sentences are contributing to crimes here.

Maybe they should ALL their prisoners to the Caribbean, because it looks as if we are doing a superb job in rehabilitating US ex-convicts, without any programs of any kind, or even a parole system.

(I'm looking for an even more sarcastic comment.)

I read someplace that the best way to tell a lie is to tell a BIG lie.

I wonder how many of these "rehabbed" ex-cons living in the Caribbean are able to get visas to re-enter the U.S.? Why so hard? Is it because US Homeland Security has some inside info... that these rehabbed ex-cons are only skillful at committing crimes in the U.S., but not in the Caribbean, where they become productive citizens?

Maybe we should be thanking them.... LOL


I think that these criminal deportees are are fast becoming the #1 US export to the Caribbean.


At 4/19/2006 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My solution is to deport persons based on the instruments used to commit the crime... A smith and Wesson will get you dropped off in the U.S.
After-all we do not make these we shouldn't be forced to deal with the gun criminals...
let u.s. do that or stop making so many gunz.,

At 4/19/2006 3:03 PM, Blogger fwade said...

Boy, it makes you wonder... seeing as we are using guns imported from the US, primarily.

So, thanks to their gun laws, we suffer.

At 4/26/2006 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see some facts on this issue. Like Mary Kramer says, perhaps there is no factual basis that deportees are contributing to the escalating crime problem in the Caribbean, but of course, that may just mean we don't have any facts one way or the other.

I think there is a natural tendency for the USA to dismiss the problem and for the Caribbean countries to try an place the blame for the escalating crime elsewhere, like on the USA for deporting criminals.

I need some facts...for example, what percentage of murders in Jamaica can be attributed to deportees from the USA?

And the other issue here is should the USA deport criminals back to their homeland after serving their sentence. Understandably, Caribbean countries don't want them back to cause trouble and likewise the USA doesn't want to have to deal with them, which country is responsible for these misfits?

Complex issue here similar to the illegal immigration problems the USA is finally being forced to confront.

At 4/26/2006 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would similarly like to see some hard numbers on the deportee involvement in crime.

Everyone wants to point a finger at someonelse and i am no exception. i believe that events in our country are mostly reactive or compensatory to things that happen in the USA.

our designation as a major transit point for cocaine (which travels with gunz and crime) comes as a result for the drug policies in the USA.

Being such a small island and realizing that we are so intimately connected to the usa... i see America as being the driving force.

At 5/03/2006 6:42 AM, Blogger fwade said...

I saw a book the other day at the JMA tradeshow that outlined the research results from a study of deportees. Unfortunately, it was only the first part of the study that described that number of deportees (some 12000 or so covering the period under study.)

However, the study did not go into quantifying the impact on Jamaica itself - the authors made reference to a Part 2 that hopefully would be funded at some point.

At 5/11/2006 8:05 AM, Blogger fwade said...

From a Gleaner Editorial today:

At the same time that Kingfish is moving in on gangs, the Ministry of National Security is conducting a study to assess the impact of deportees on the crime situation in the country. The country has been flooded with deportees, several of whom have figured prominently in crimes and gang leadership here. And more are coming.

By the end of June, the Government should be in possession of hard data to replace intuitive views and speculation about the role of deportees in the crime wave here. It is this kind of hard-nosed, data-driven approach to crime reduction, with a total disregard for any affiliations which criminals may have, that will yield the results for which a crime-weary nation is crying out.


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