Source: (2002) Restorative Justice Online. December 2002 Edition.
Rising rates of violent crime in Jamaica have led to increasing instability and societal polarization. In August 2001, the National Committee on Crime and Violence was created to study the problem of crime and its root causes and to recommend strategies for breaking the cycle of violence. The Committee recommended breaking down political tribalism, reestablishing legitimate community leadership in place of patronage of criminal groups, and improving relations between the police and the community.
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