All About Jamaica

CARIBBEAN / 8 JAN 2016

Jamaica's homicide rate reached an alarming five-year high in 2015, with the uptick believed to have been driven by violent rivalries between lottery scam rings.

JAMAICA / 18 DEC 2015

One suspects that Marlon James didn’t set out to write a definitive account of Caribbean gang life with "A Brief History of Seven Killings," but he manages something close. As…

HOMICIDES / 28 AUG 2015

Jamaica has suffered a sharp uptick in murders this year, raising fears that a shift in the island nation’s criminal dynamics is to blame.

CARIBBEAN / 23 JUN 2015

"The biggest headache is getting the men to walk away from certain things," says Adenike Stephenson, when asked what was the most difficult part of her job as regional coordinator…

CARIBBEAN / 26 FEB 2015

Jamaica has finally approved legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize its use for medicinal and scientific purposes, joining a growing number of countries to take steps towards liberalizing drug…

CARIBBEAN / 26 JAN 2015

Jamaica is to prosecute a gang leader under its new anti-gang law in the biggest test yet for the controversial legislation, which Jamaican authorities hope to use to rein in…

JAMAICA / 17 DEC 2014

Jamaica is on track to report just over 100 killings by police officers this year, drastically lower than the 258 reported fatal shootings by security forces in 2013 -- a…

CARIBBEAN / 11 DEC 2014

Media in Trinidad and Tobago say they have obtained a secret intelligence report detailing how Jamaicans have set up extensive drug trafficking networks on the islands. However, with the report…

DRUG POLICY / 1 OCT 2014

Jamaica has taken further steps toward legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing possession of the drug for all users on the island nation, as debate continues throughout the region on drug…

CARIBBEAN / 13 JUN 2014

The government in Jamaica has taken the first concrete steps towards decriminalizing marijuana use by approving changes to drug laws, paving the way for reform in a country…

CARIBBEAN / 9 JUN 2014

Authorities in Jamaica have reported a 40 percent rise in murders in West Kingston, likely the result of a power vacuum left by the fall of the area's former crime…

CARIBBEAN / 27 FEB 2014

Warring gangs behind two years of heightened violence in Jamaica's capital, Kingston, are reportedly engaging in peace talks, in the latest example of criminals from the region taking to the…

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