The Impact of Crime. We are looking at a recently published World Bank report on the impact of crime in the
This report is very important for us in
The report reminds us that our West Indian countries are transit points for cocaine. No doubt, there needs to be strategies outside the region. Demand for addictive drugs in consumer countries has to be reduced if we are to get any relief. There also has to be improved interdiction in our islands. Take the case of
Gun ownership is an outgrowth of the drug trade. We need a better registration system, as well as better interdiction in ports.
More importantly, the report recommends that policies should focus on providing meaningful alternatives for youth. That does not mean building expensive community centers. It means parents spending more quality time with their children. It means our society contributing more resources for youth organisations and activities. It means government providing better education on social issues for our children. No measure to eradicate political corruption would be more useful and less expensive than putting resources into developing ethics and good governance courses in our schools for the very young. That means in primary schools as well as in secondary ones.
Does no one in