BY R.D. Miller
Balance while addressing the other public health crisis
COVID-19 has exacerbated the global economic downturn by causing job losses, business closures, and disruptions to many educational systems. This has resulted in a wider gap between the haves and the have-nots.
When it came to the shores of the Caribbean Islands, it also highlighted structural discrepancies in many medical systems’ readiness and access to cheap healthcare, as well as in other poor and developing countries.
Given the magnitude of the economic damage, experts believe that many nations will face a difficult recovery in the coming months, if not years.
Furthermore, the overall strength of many economies will necessitate more than a mask, particularly in impoverished and developing countries where the tourist industry is vital to the local economy and accounts for a significant portion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
It exhibited the same waves of fear, uncertainty, and anxiety as other locations, and because no one is immune, compliance will be up to the residents until a vaccine is discovered.
Whoever looks at it can determine what is true.
Additional difficulties, according to local accounts, were a lack of planning for economic loss, accountability, manipulation of monies allocated, corruption, and a lack of sufficient bed space and other resources to deal with the pandemic.
Pay-as-you-go healthcare was already beset by problems that appeared to have outgrown the system’s aging population. COVID-19 has also highlighted the delicate balance that exists between public and private treatment in terms of whether patients have a better chance of surviving.
Effective pandemic management is vital, no matter what the disputes are.
This is not an indictment of the system, but decades of failed socioeconomic policies cannot be washed away or deflected, nor can they produce a single party capable of resolving these challenges, as some assume.
However, it has exacerbated tensions between local businesses, tourists, curfews and public safety, and the long-term economic viability of the country.
A wide range of issues, including the safety and well-being of front-line workers, research into the best method for restricting transmission, and the economic impact, were also brought to light by the outbreak.
Whatever the debates, effective pandemic management is critical despite the reported tensions and a delicate balance between local business operations, job losses, tourism, curfew, public safety, and long-term economic sustainability.
The good news is that there are a lot of dedicated healthcare professionals working in these difficult conditions, and their methods seem to have made a big difference in the virus’s early stages.
People who worked hard to fight this deadly disease behind the Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] and away from the cameras and press conferences were and still are the doctors and nurses who did their best to keep it from spreading any faster than it already has.
To move forward, epidemiologists and the local communities must figure out how deadly the coronavirus will be, how many people are sick, and the exact number of deaths that have been documented.
The delicate political maneuvering
The pandemic has also provided a platform and built the foundation for a future presidential contest. Two rival parties were blamed for the country’s troubles.
With the outbreak and its handling, there was an additional layer of separation between the two groups of people who were already at odds,
Experts have noticed for decades that social upward mobility has been a major structural challenge, regardless of which party is in power. Even my grandmother’s recollections helped shed light on a couple of the main causes, which I’ll go into more detail about in a moment.
However, it may take more than a few vaccines for the region to recover and enjoy this beautiful environment, from the other issues also not just for the well-connected and wealthy but also for those who are frequently left behind.
The COVID-19 pandemic is being accompanied by a second hidden epidemic.
For the sake of gaining a larger perspective, I approached this essay or statement of view like an academic term paper.
Recent years have seen an upsurge in several shootings, robberies, theft, assaults, and killings, as well as gang activities. Violence is a public health issue, and it has been known for years. According to local reports, leaders should follow the same rules to bring these criminal strains under control.
This, too, necessitates a national daily conference, such as COVID-19 strategies, because it may have claimed more lives than COVID in the same period.
While COVID-19 has compelled numerous people to stay at home, many residents in gated communities were already mentally confined before the epidemic, with steel bars put on some properties serving as a constant reminder of security concerns.
As some leaders have argued, these issues may have an external influence, such as drug trafficking and the importation of illegal firearms, which may have an impact on the situation.
Crime, on the other hand, usually requires a lot more cooperation from different groups to stop criminal businesses. What are some of the internal motivators?
Some members of the community believe that the city is not doing enough to protect them from becoming victims of this criminal virus.
While local law enforcement has been unable to attribute the surge in violence to COVID-19 or any other external factor, the outbreak has the potential to reach pandemic proportions.
Trying to avoid stigmatizing people with mental health disorders and homelessness, especially in countries where the subject has a history of being ridiculed, taunted, and consigned to the margins of the public eye.
Another question is, given the epidemic, how many facilities could have dealt with any potential problem? However, I’ll come back to this topic eventually.
Foreign travel restrictions can help prevent a pandemic, but a country also needs to vaccinate dangerous areas where crime has persisted.
Local residents may recognize that the Coronavirus and the recent increase in crime rates pose a threat to the economy. But who is to blame for economic downturns brought on by the pandemic or the increase in crime rate, the virus, or the leaders?
Many of these communities will likely continue searching for solutions for many years to come.
Despite the reality that violence is pervasive not just in these places, some regional media outlets compare and minimize it regularly, which is not a solution.
Moral equivalence is conveyed, which conflicts with local crime figures and other socio-economic difficulties.
When it comes to horrifying crimes, many have said that COVID-19 techniques have been adequate, but do they often identify the criminals who commit them?
The evidence is clear on the true cause of death.
According to experts, crime in Latin America and the Caribbean costs an average of 3% of GDP, amounting to more than US$350 billion in enforcement, investigations, security spending, disinvestment, and other areas, and it has been increasing for decades.
According to experts, roughly 40% of the Caribbean population views crime and security issues as more serious than poverty or inequality in their respective countries.
There were 306 homicides in Jamaica between January 1 and March 31 of this year, according to police records. If the current weekly murder rate holds, Jamaica could see over 1,200 killings by the end of this year.
Unfortunately, the region will have the dubious distinction of having the highest murder rate per 100,000 local residents, which is something no civilized nation can be proud of.
Between January and February 2020, over 73 murders were reported in Trinidad and Tobago. If current trends continue, the 536 murders recorded in 2019 will be the second-highest in Trinidad’s history for a single year.
According to several crime analysis reports, the death rate has increased from an average of 31.5.8 per 100,000 people to more than 37.5 per 100,000 people.
A high number of cases per 100,000 people was also observed in English-speaking Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Belize, as well as Latin American countries such as Honduras and Venezuela, according to experts.
These rates are 15 to 30 times as high as those in the majority of European nations.
Bermuda, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, and other countries in the region, on the other hand, maintain lower rates. Naturally, they are smaller in population, and some retain colonial authority with well-managed administrations.
Bermuda had its first murder in two years, with five occurring in 2018 and none occurring in 2019.
Despite claims of drug and firearm smuggling, organized crime, and criminal gangs, these islands have a far better grasp on crime.
A tightrope walker
Local law enforcement personnel who are required to wear numerous hats daily; crucial mediators, advisors, diversity coordinators, youth advocates; group leaders, psychologists, and community volunteers are all caught in the crossfire of politics.
Today’s officers face a challenging duty. They must serve in politically connected neighborhoods. They frequently encounter danger and hostility.
The animosity between law enforcement and the problems they face today has its roots in colonial control, but many of the conflicts they face are self-inflicted.
Officers have a significant role in preventing violence and other civil issues in these communities, as demonstrated by the discovery of a COVID-19 vaccination.
As a result of trying to replace years of experience that have departed the police, they are probably overworked and understaffed.
Today, it seems they are overburdened, outgunned, and appear to lack the resources necessary to reduce violence while reconciling community perceptions with reality.
Additionally, underpaid, and in some circumstances, the community casts doubt on some currently serving obligations or willingness to defend and serve the community for many years to come.
Sadly, many organized criminals who may be suffering from mental illness, some frustrated with their personal growth, or feel like they are untouchable because of their political connections won’t hesitate to scare people and take off their masks to make them afraid.
There are a lot of people who think that these criminals, like the COVID-19 virus, are not bound by society’s laws and rules. This makes them more dangerous to everyone who comes their way.
A lot of these criminals are trying to destabilize local communities by taking advantage of this time of unease, anxiety, uncertainty, and stress that isn’t seen in a long time.
Unfortunately, some members of the same violent communities will defend those accused of heinous crimes, disguise themselves, or refuse to provide valuable information to assist local law enforcement in being more effective.
If these towns do not respond to continuing investigations when they have important information and given the observed poor case closure rates, they risk attracting a swarm of serial killers or someone in need of rehabilitation on their streets.
You cannot continue to blame law enforcement for withholding information that might benefit the community and the country as a whole.
Along these beaches, the swaying anchor
Similar stores, like Haiti, are often neglected. In February 2020, the Armed Forces attacked the National Police Headquarters in Port-au-Prince, killing one soldier and injuring another.
The governing structure itself may be under threat by other Haitians who are simply waiting for an opportunity to strike.
More civil unrest is possible in 2020 because of a worsening economic and political crisis ten years after their horrific calamity, reports other publications.
If the country of Haiti collapses and ignites innocent people in its path because of political unrest and economic ruin, society should pray for the best and prepare for the worse.
People who live over there aren’t alone, but some of the postcard images sent from other places may not tell people where the real stories are.
If you think the Pandemic or the Crime should be prioritized, then you’re right. I’m just pointing out the difficulties.
Separate but equal judiciary roles:
Will an offender’s behavior alter if countries like Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Balise, Haiti, and other Latin American countries reinstate the death penalty by hanging?
Hanging offenders, even though it is a degrading, brutal, and inhumane penalty, has been argued to dissuade those who have violated the peace of the nation.
Even though the death penalty has been abolished in a large number of nations for serious crimes, Amnesty International remains opposed to it.
As of today, it appears like the court needs to get more engaged. In their publication, The Role of Judges, the American Bar Association stated it best.
“What exactly is a judge’s job description? What he or she doesn’t do may be the greatest place to begin.
When it comes to enforcement of the laws, I believe that the legislative body, public employees, and citizens as a whole need to work together to ensure public safety. A judge is not a law enforcement officer.
Even though it is true that no country can forecast criminal conduct for a variety of reasons, reactionary law enforcement is not a long-term solution.
A hefty penalty will not be sufficient punishment for leaders who fail to address the underlying causes of socioeconomic decline.
To effectively deal with it as a public health issue outside of the elected or elite bubble, the correctional system, legislation, and judicial system, as well as politicians, must speak out in one collective voice. They must stop pointing fingers and speak together.
Finding the root cause of a problem
A focus on the primary area where I believe criminal elements contribute to high recidivism rates and other safety problems is not a denigration of the system.
What are the socio-economic hurdles that, especially for many young people, make joining a gang, indulging in scamming, or targeting vulnerable people more attractive?
It’s not only about breaking the boundaries of social distance or curfew but rather, what’s the pathology behind the behavior?
Addressing issues such as neglect, re-victimization, school fights that might escalate, weapons accessibility, school dropouts, juvenile criminality, and substance abuse will take some time, realistically.
Leading experts warn that if these problems aren’t addressed immediately, they could spiral out of control.
A lack of parental direction, low self-esteem, sadness, rage, and other symptoms of social and economic inequality are all red flags that need to be addressed if they are to address these problems.
Although they may have the best of intentions in some interventions, it appears that many residents engage in “selective wrath” before moving on to the next hot topic.
It is time to move the focus of crime-fighting measures away from how government institutions such as law enforcement and the courts operate in these close-knit communities.
While these disputes boil with each shifting of the guard in the people’s house, atrocities continue unabated. From the pulpit to the classroom to counselors, teachers, music icons, sports stars, babies, or grandma, it appears as though no one or nothing is secure today.
Closing a single door allows for simple access to mayhem.
Regrettably, tales of guns discovered in barrels and containers intended to import food and other supplies suggest that the government is preparing for civil war or that criminal gangs are wreaking havoc on an already criminal economy.
Social media increasingly displays more potent weapons previously only seen in war battles. Additionally, how many barrels of weapons or illegal drugs have been discovered in these ports?
Perhaps it is time to undertake a more thorough background check on individuals in these crucial public service roles, as they also contribute significantly to the nation’s safety and security.
However, the growing disparity between rich and poor that has existed for decades must be addressed, and collaboration between social development and law enforcement is essential.
Numerous analysts have warned that these developments suggest that you may be in or near a failed state.
Additionally, whether arming company owners or expanding citizen access to firearms is a solution that could end in vigilante justice. Some may become targets for their legal firearms, while others may lack the training necessary to wield a weapon, resulting in a few of these new offenses.
There is evidence of the succession of violence on these islands, indicating that it is not all doom and gloom, but it does demand a rational plan.
The criminogenic risk and needs:
Though many have stated that COVID-19 measures have been adequate, horrendous crimes require more than “we’re tough on crime,” but do these strategies frequently identify these criminals?
The character of a crime appears to be gaining greater attention in these community conversations, while the source of criminality appears to be dwindling.
Numerous disadvantaged and emerging countries need re-entry programs. According to specialists, many people are now living alone at home with little or no support, are unemployed, or have a history of mental health difficulties.
These horrible headlines will not go away, needing a multidimensional strategy that examines growing societal disadvantages and the plight of many disadvantaged youngsters.
Regrettably, their economy and lack of proper assistance undermine their prospects for a bright future.
Numerous individuals may have been unaware of criminogenic risk factors such as anti-social cognition. They frequently demonstrate risk factors such as antisocial conduct and personality characteristics.
They are irritable, lack appropriate education and employment skills or training, are jobless, and struggle with illegal substance usage and mental health difficulties. Regrettably, many are also victims of crime in need of counseling.
People have expressed unhappiness with their leaders in the face of expectations only to find themselves in the same predicament following each election cycle.
There has also been an increase in domestic violence and other community conflicts, which may or may not be related to gang turf battles, while the economic and psychological effects of COVID-19 are being assessed.
Unresolved conflicts often degenerate into physical violence and homicide as a result of a lack of available resources. Weapons, on the other hand, appear to have overtaken talk as a method of resolving small disputes in the modern era.
It’s not merely a place to sleep and be confined.
The use of prison to reduce crime does not always yield the desired results. Many incarcerated offenders face stigma, inhumane treatment, and a lack of resources after reintegration.
Studies show that recidivism is minimal in institutions and programs that focus on rehabilitating ex-offenders, and career criminals for reintegration into society.
institutions I’ve visited and talked about community risk reduction with. They have a great re-entry program in a brand new facility that is very offender rehabilitation focus.
Mental health assessment and treatment, substance addiction therapy, psychosexual evaluation, vocational training, and increasing investment in social workers are all critical components. “
This intervention in criminal behavior and community reintegration will result in a fundamental shift in addressing the root causes of the problem.
Many troubled people have limited adaptive abilities and are quick to commit crimes against anyone, including family members, in any conflict, using vigilante justice.
The use of a blanket classification for all convicted offenders, whether inside or outside the prison walls, contributes to feelings of isolation and tension.
Another example is that many deported people frequently lack the resources they need to reintegrate, and yes, some are misclassified and blamed for a crime even when they are innocent to divert attention.
Combating crime is more than just a political issue, despite its difficulty. To eliminate these pockets of criminals and restore public trust, all hands must be on deck.
The threat to public safety necessitates a multifaceted response. Counseling and social assistance, as well as cooperation from law enforcement and artists who many of these individuals trust and follow their music, are all part of this effort.
Is defining silence and selective empathy a viable solution?
Many critical points have been emphasized throughout this text to aid in the resolution of these issues. I don’t have all the answers, and I have no financial or political ties.
In neighborhoods where crime and other economic challenges are being ignored or where a swift and rigid implementation serves a public relations objective, any solution will certainly create more questions than answers.
I have not shied away from the realities of everyday life. Crime prevention, on the other hand, necessitates a firm but balanced approach, and political solutions are not always possible.
In most areas, each electoral cycle is like a revolving door. Economic inequalities, widespread poverty, and reported corruption that breeds despair pervade the country.
Leaders on both sides blame each other, causing critical crime-fighting and economic policies to stall. When does good governance enter the picture after an election?
While many victims seek justice, neither political party has called for the dismantling of criminal gangs in outlying parishes and counties.
The joint statements make it abundantly clear to these criminals that the country will not tolerate the chaos and mayhem.
Community and political leaders must work together to condemn these heinous ideas that target police officers to reduce robberies, murders, and kidnappings.
As the struggle for social intelligence intensifies,
They must accept reality, regardless of socioeconomic status, to eliminate these pockets of criminals and restore social trust.
Many will claim patriotism from their gated community, either locally or globally, while continuing to influence the political system to protect their profit margins while violence and systematic issues rage on.
The silent generation can no longer close their eyes and hope that the atrocities will stop. Fear and clinging to the polling booth appear to have devolved into a delicate balance in governance.
Some leaders appear to lack the courage and resolve to confront these criminals. They’re on a tightrope, pushing back to sell a delightful story while the systemic issues persist.
When a person dies as a result of a heinous crime, personal responsibility cannot be captured in a few tweets for likes, selective amnesia, and a false sense of empathy.
This creates the impression that politicians are the only astute people in those communities, manipulating headlines to downplay the reality on the ground.
When well-known media outlets criticize leaders for their mistakes, they are also attacked. The real victims, as I have said before, tend to get lost in the debates.
No matter your political affiliation, violent crime has hidden victims.
As leaders debate, the emotional, economic, and psychological effects of their actions will last for a long time. Unfortunately, more people will be hurt.
On March 26, 2020, for example, a 75-year-old grandmother broke down in tears as she followed the COVID-19 rule in the wake of the death of a 22-year-old man. Her unhappiness with the ongoing violence was reported by the Jamaican Gleaner.
A quick media clip is regularly published in the name of empathy, but the victims in these areas receive little to no follow-up care.
Far too many stories have come out about people going about their daily lives and hardworking business owners who help the local economy. These criminals seem to think that their success puts them at risk.
Statistics demonstrate that the cycle of violence continues, and her tale is only one of many.
While local officials have caught a few offenders, the situation may worsen if they continue to walk the streets.
As I sat there attempting to make sense of it all, it occurred to me that if all of the apples on the tree are rotten, you may eventually have to look at the tree.
To eliminate the perception that a nation is being put on trial, society must return to caring for one another following each crisis.
Is there still a sense of pride on these islands?
Despite the cloudy skies, the economy will rebound and the people will stay resilient.
Highways and technology developments, as well as enhanced crime-fighting techniques, have all been mentioned as modernization and recovery initiatives. Long-term, certain government initiatives will be beneficial.
COVID-19 affects a large number of individuals, but if criminals continue to make people feel uncomfortable, they will never regain their sense of security.
Our social and safety masks will fall off when society defeats this crime virus, such as COVOD-19 mitigation through vaccines or other safety measures. This means that all of our masks will fall off.
The gorgeous islands and other spots will be destroyed if the crooks win, so don’t give up!
See you soon!.. Stay safe