Jamaica’s Enormous Expenditure on Crime


Jamaica’s among the countries that spend the highest percentage of its earnings on crime.

That’s one of the findings of a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The study is called “Restoring Paradise in the Caribbean: Combating Violence with Numbers”.

Co-author of the study, Heather Sutton, says Jamaica’s spending on crime is high compared to other countries in the region.

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Sutton says although Jamaica is spending a lot on national security, the country is not seeing results in crime reduction.

She says that’s because the money isn’t being spent in the right areas.

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She says it would be more cost effective to target specific locations with high crime.

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