That’s the advice two human rights groups – Stand Up for Jamaica (SUFJ) and Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) – have given to National Security Minister Robert Montague following his announcement that government is exploring the possibility of bringing back the death penalty.
Montague said the state minister in his ministry, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, has been instructed to consult with several stakeholders, including the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office, to determine if there are any “legal impediments” to be addressed in resuming hangings.
But the groups say there’s an abundance of evidence that shows capital punishment is not an effective deterrent to crime, with several countries who continue to impose capital punishment still seeing high rates of violent crime.
“Instead of reviving an inhumane and ineffective practice, Government should focus on fast-tracking the critical reforms needed in the justice and law enforcement systems,” they said in a joint statement. “Capital punishment does not address the root causes of crime and this is where we feel Minister Montague should focus his attention.”