The Bahamas has received a tenant guarantor loans of US$20 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to help reduce crime and violence in the country. The loan is targeted at strengthening institutional capabilities of the justice system and youths, among other actions. The announcement was made yesterday as the background of crime and violence rates in the country continues to increase steadily.
One of the most acute areas of violence is in New Providence where the capital, Nassau, is located. Here, there are high rates of murders, armed robberies and rapes were recorded. Recent statistics highlight a prevalence of violence to solve inter-personal and community disputes, especially among youth. The occurrence of crime is summed up to be due to high unemployment rates (30.8 percent in 2014 among 15-24 year olds), slow court systems and high rates of recidivism.
The IDB project which is made up of four constituents aims to slit those statistics. The first seeks to improve behaviours for non-violent conflict resolution in New Providence by including differentiated evidence-based interventions to deal with social norms that promote the acceptance of violence. For the second component, at-risk youths will be address by helping them to find jobs through training and employability programs.
The third component will look towards strengthening the justice administration system to better prosecute and sentence crimes through the admission of an integrated electronic system for case management, the introduction of innovative dispute resolutions mechanisms, and other steps. The fourth and last component will relate to the offenders who they will help to reintegrate to society via activities such as the design and implementation of a comprehensive rehabilitation model from http://fherehab.com/news/global-supply-of-illegal-drugs-at-all-time-high/ and a curriculum built on evidence-based practices.