Dear Editor: We have all noticed that Bordelais is overcrowded!
Many say it is because of the slow judiciary system in St. Lucia. Of course, I agree. Why is there only one judge to deal with so many criminal cases? It’s high time the government recommence the court processes at Bordelais.
As a concerned St. Lucian I have one solution to decrease the criminal mentality in St. Lucia, which will free up the space at Bordelais. Where is the community service that the prisoners engage in? Is it that little gardening programme at Bordelais? Come on Government of St. Lucia!
I am tired of hearing government complaining about a reduction in revenues and that they depend mainly on tourism. Government does not know how to use our resources. What we have is fertile land. We don’t have petroleum, bauxite or gold like some other Caribbean states. So, those people who are serving life sentences, repeat offenders, sex offenders, drug offenders and so on can help develop their resume. Let them work the land, sow the seeds and harvest it.
We will have a local market, cutting back on our high import bill in St. Lucia. I believe this will help the economy.
Since we will be having some level of production, it high time the government start investing in a meaningful factory for all our local produce. Let’s develop our exporting abilities. Many will also find jobs.
How will that help the crime situation?
Since criminals believe that Bordelais is a bed of roses, but they will rethink knowing that they will be working day and night. You want to under-develop St. Lucia, taking up meaningful tax payers money, then pal you’re going to pay double.
All those lazy ones who grab opportunities to rob people of their possessions and don’t want to find a meaningful job, government will have one secured for you when you are caught. It is high time we make an example out of a few. Give the others in society something to think about.
So, let’s rebuild our country.