Sometimes the victims are against this practice, and what weight would be given to their rejections. Often they are being re-victimized, and lost in the debates.
According to recent studies, nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress.
What are the numbers in the Caribbean?
US President Barack Obama, in trying to highlight this issue, signed a proclamation on mental health.
Despite tools to diagnose someone with mental health, disparities and access to healthcare is a major problem, and individuals both in and out of the criminal justice system often go unnoticed.
Not all offenders who commit crimes are mentally ill.
Furthermore, changing an attitude about mental illness, where it is much easier to label a person a mad man/woman based on appearance, and where they sleep at nights.
This is what I call the appearance conviction
As studies have shown, capital punishment does not reduce crime. The region has to look at not only creating opportunities for the youths, but also closing the gaps between the haves vs the have-nots.
The salient jury where few still believe that freedom is more likely for person with the deepest pocket and well connected.
Where is the local debate and demand from the community to be heard and not a few tweets while the ability to solve crime still is an elusive concept.
Sure, no one wants to live in fear, but new crime strategy has to balance power with victims’ rights, and a political, moral or social compass, and all measures have been taken.
This debate remains an uncomfortable feeling