Anti-gang bill to be taken to Jamaica Parliament

(Jamaica Gleaner) An anti-gang bill is to be tabled in Parliament next week, National Security Minister Peter Bunting has said.

According to the minister, the legislative committee of Cabinet this morning approved a bill entitled the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Organised Criminal Groups) Act, which is aimed at suppressing and disrupting organised criminal enterprises. Bunting says the bill will make amendments to existing legislation.

In January, Bunting told The Gleaner that the anti-gang legislation had to be subjected to further review before being brought to Parliament. “The draft of the anti-gang legislation which was before us, the police had very serious concerns that it would not be effective,” Bunting told The Gleaner.

He added: “You can table legislation as a public-relations exercise and it does not have any impact … it is one thing to say you have tabled them, but it’s another thing when you talk about the impact.”

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