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A soldier deployed in a Zone of Special Operations
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Jamaica’s New Security Plan Off to Inauspicious Beginning

Based on erroneous and false information, the Jamaican government has launched a new initiative to corral criminal groups in what is possibly the wrong urban zone,...
Jamaican security forces on patrol
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Jamaica to Initiate Security Crackdown as Murders Surge

Jamaica has passed a law allowing the army and police to launch special operations in crime hotspots following a spike in murders, but this aggressive security...
Jamaica's homicide rate is on an upward slope
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Why Jamaica’s Homicide Rate Is Up 20%

Jamaica's homicide rate has risen steeply in 2017, in what is likely the symptom of a splintering...
One in three Caribbean residents has lost someone close to them to violence
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Caribbean Has ‘Violence Problem,’ Not ‘Crime Problem’: Report

The Caribbean region has a "uniquely high level of violent crime," according to a new report that offers a rare insight into the root causes of criminal activity in...
Jamaica’s Minister of National Security Robert Montague
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Jamaica DNA Database Unlikely to Be Crime Fighting Panacea

Authorities in Jamaica have put in operation a new DNA database, a move officials say could help tackle crime in the Caribbean island...
Jamaican gangs are reportedly recruiting high school students
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Jamaica Gangs Follow Regional Pattern of Recruiting from Schools

Experts say that Jamaican gangs are increasingly trying to enlist high school students in their ranks, a reminder that schools often serve as recruiting grounds for...
Officials promote the "Get the Guns" campaign
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Jamaica Boasts Gun Control Success but Security Challenges Remain

The government of Jamaica has announced a rise in seizures of illegal weapons as part of a long-running gun control initiative, however a more coordinated response...
Police killings in Jamaica have increased this year
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Increase in Killings by Jamaica Police Raises Questions

Killings by police in Jamaica are on the rise following a significant decline observed over the last three years, calling into question what could be behind the...
Ioan Grillo's new book, "Gangster Warlords"
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‘Gangster Warlords’ Valuable Addition to LatAm Organized Crime Literature

A new book by journalist Ioan Grillo on Latin American organized crime offers a fascinating tour of four distinct criminal organizations, providing insightful...
Jamaica lottery scams rings target US citizens
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Deciphering the Lottery Scam Rings Fueling Violence in Jamaica

Last year’s shocking increase in Jamaica's homicide rate has refocused attention on lottery scams in the Caribbean island nation. But it is not a uniquely...
Homicides in Jamaica spiked in 2015
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Jamaica Homicide Spike Fuelled by Lottery Scam

Jamaica's homicide rate reached an alarming five-year high in 2015, with the uptick believed to have been driven by violent rivalries between lottery scam...
Marlon James' novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings
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Acclaimed Novel Offers Illuminating Portrayal of Jamaica’s Gangs

One suspects that Marlon James didn’t set out to write a definitive account of Caribbean gang life with "A Brief History of Seven Killings," but he manages...