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A recurrent theme in crime reporting in Jamaica is the dominance of gangs in both crimes committed and murders committed. Anti-gang legislation is going through Parliament. I’m ignorant of what gangs are supposed to be doing in Jamaica, and what the police know of crimes, especially murders, that allows them to label between 2/3 and 3/4 of murders as ‘gang-related’. Reports and recent events have shown us that criminal organizations have a tight hold over lives in many communities. However, I think the police could help us by better explaining what these organizations are supposedly doing in Jamaica.

I’m not going to argue whether anti-gang laws will be effective, but I would prefer to better understand what we are combating. Many have already expressed their skepticism.