Jamaican legislators consider resuming hangingThe Associated Press - Published: November 17, 2007
KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaican lawmakers are considering resuming hangings in response to rising violent crime, almost two decades since the last person was executed by the noose in this Caribbean nation.
Jamaicans have pushed for the measure, Karl Samuda, general secretary of Prime Minister Bruce Golding's ruling party, said Saturday.
"Based on our observation, there is a strong sentiment in the country for hanging to resume," Samuda said. "We want to make sure the people get their wish."
The last hanging occurred in 1988, and five years later, Britain's Privy Council — the highest court of appeal for many former colonies — ruled that inmates who spend more than five years on death row should receive life sentences.
The ruling, coupled with international pressure to eliminate the death penalty, has led to a reluctance among Jamaican authorities to order hangings. No other type of capital punishment has since been used.
No date has been set for the vote, although Junior Security Minister Arthur Williams has said he expects parliament to take up the issue "very shortly."
About 45 inmates are on death row in Jamaica, which reported a record 1,671 homicides in 2005 and is considered one of the most violent countries in the world.http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/17/news/CB-GEN-Jamaica-Hanging.php