In an effort to reduce the crime rate by using it as a deterrent for criminals and to appease the scared public, the JLP will in a few weeks vote either in favour of or against resuming the death penalty. The JLP's wish to resume executions in Jamaica as an anti-crime strategy has come under fire from various sects.
Yvonne Sobers of Families Against State Terrorism (FAST) sees this move as being "fundamentally abhorrent".
Human rights activist Nancy Anderson is also opposed to the idea of executions. "I am opposed to the idea of capital punishment, it doesn't help, it is not a deterrent...We condemn people who kill and then we turn around and kill them, it is farcical."
Miss Anderson also pointed to cases where prisoners were sentenced to death, placed on death row, only to be later released when new evidence proved their innocents. What would have happened if they were executed before the new evidence was discovered? She said that life imprisonment should be enough of a deterrent for criminals.
Amnesty International has recommended that Jamaica and other Caribbean states should follow the decision of Illinois Governor George Ryan, and overturn the death penalty of all 167 inmates on death row in the state.
"The law is that no one should kill anyone."