With no tangible data to back up his words, Jamaica’s National Security Minister, Peter Bunting said that Vybz Kartel imprisonment in his opinion, is one of the reasons the crime rate in Jamaica has dropped. “I have no empirical basis to prove that Vybz Kartel’s conviction is one of the contributing factors, but if I were to speculate, I believe it would definitely be one of the factors.”said Bunting/
The crime rate has dropped but for a national security to utter those words, one would expect that he has some solid data to back it up. When you are in such high position, you should not say such things and say you have “no empirical basis to prove” it.
What the minister should have done is conducted a study to get the real impact of Kartel’s incarceration. Had he done a real study and his speculations turned out to be true, that would be important information to help Jamaica in the fight against crime. Speculations, however, will not help in the fight against crime. Speculations can only lead to more innocent ghetto youths getting harassed, arrested or even worse.
Blaming dancehall reggae for Jamaica’s ills is the easy way out for a Security Minister