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NCJ Number: 77904 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and Punishment in the Caribbean
Editor(s): R Brana-Shute; G Brana-Shute
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 155
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Paris 07 SP, 75352
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32601
University Press of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32603
Sale Source: University Press of Florida
15 15th Street, NW
Gainesville, FL 32603
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This series of 10 studies examines crime patterns and criminal justice system activities in Caribbean countries.
Abstract: In the opening paper, sentencers and how they sentence in the Commonwealth Caribbean are examined, with particular reference to Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Tobago. A consideration of the increase in Jamaica's urban crime and violence, along with some possible reasons for it, precedes a discussion of the extent of crime in Jamaica and the ways in which legislation, law enforcement, and corrections have dealt with the crime increase. The next study statistically examines the correlation between rape and urbanization and population concentration in Trinidad and Tobago, explores socioeconomic factors influencing rape behavior, and criticizes the rape law in Trinidad and Tobago. The relationship between urban crime and violence and the development of a coherent public policy in Puerto Rico is considered in one study, while in another paper, the history of Haitian society is outlined, possible implications for crime patterns in Haiti are considered, and the state of criminological research in Haiti is described. A paper on Guyana describes that nation's urban centers, indicates trends in urban crime, and briefly reviews offender rehabilitation approaches. The remaining studies include a survey of the Guyanese prison population, a discussion of planned research into the criminological consequences of the mass transmigration of the bush negroes in Suriname, and a presentation of data from 15 cases studies of homicides by females in Suriname. Tabular data accompnay most of the presentations, and notes and references are provided for each paper. An index is included. For individual papers, see NCJ 77905-14.
Index Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs; Crime patterns; Crime Statistics; Criminology; Cultural influences; Drug laws; Drug treatment programs; Ethnic groups; Female offenders; Gun Control; Guyana; Haiti; Homicide; Inmate Programs; Jamaica; Judicial discretion; Laws and Statutes; Police discretion; Puerto Rico; Rape; Rehabilitation; Sentencing reform; Sentencing/Sanctions; Social conditions; Violent crime statistics; West Indies
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