The country’s conviction rate for murder and other violent crimes is set to get a $2.5-billion boost.
This as the government is to benefit from an Inter-American Development Bank loan to support efforts to increase the conviction rates for serious crimes.
A statement yesterday from the IDB announcing the approval of the loan says the project aims to help reduce homicides through intensified crime prevention activities.
It’s also to improve the quality and rate of criminal investigations managed by the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF.
Key metrics under the project will be the number of murder investigations and the overall murder conviction rate.
The project will also fund the training of JCF personnel in the use of technology to combat crime and to improve criminal case management.
According to the IDB, the project will also seek to address the high percentage of female murders spawned by domestic abuse and intimate partner violence.
The multi-lateral agency says during the last five years, 19 percent of female murders were the result of domestic violence compared to 3 percent of male murders.
According to the IDB, of the average 12 murders between 2010 and 2016, 43 percent resulted in a suspect being arrested and charged.
The 20-million US dollar loan is for a 25-year term, including a 5 and a half -year grace period and is funded through the IDB’s Ordinary Capital.
The executing agency will be Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security.