TT Chamber asks whether current measures outdated when fighting new wave of criminal activities

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TT Chamber asks whether current measures outdated when fighting new wave of criminal activities

The T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce said it does not believe the resumption of the death penalty would act as a deterrent to the country’s current crime situation, especially in the short term.

This follows calls for a return of the hangman by several in the business community.

“In T&T, the death penalty is only applicable for murder cases, therefore, new measures must be implemented to deal with the other incidents of serious crime,” the chamber said in a statement.

Noting the efforts made by the T&T Police Service to manage crime in recent times, the chamber said recent criminal activities begged the question, “Are the current measures outdated when fighting this new wave of criminal activities?”

The chamber added that there was urgent need for reforms in policing and criminal justice.

“The low detection and prosecution rates have made criminals fearless of the justice system and they continue their heinous attacks on citizens and businesses,” it added.

The chamber also noted that the Prime Minister had said last year that the delivery of justice in T&T was unacceptably slow, leaving perpetrators of criminal activity to prey on all in society.

However, the chamber called for stricter punishment to be implemented against perpetrators.

“Criminals, when sentenced, should be made to work for the State rather than be a burden to the State. There are so many areas where the ‘hard labour’ sentence could be productively implemented—in the agriculture and construction sectors, for example. There must be stricter and enforceable penalty changes for changes to be seen generally in T&T,” the chamber explained.

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