Jury still out on resumption of hangings, says Clarke

Amid a recent upsurge in local gun murders, a retired trade union leader says he is still not convinced that there needs to be a resumption of hangings.

“I can’t say psychologically what effect that [hangings] would have on people to prevent them from committing a crime,” said former General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Dennis Clarke as he weighed in on the worrying trend that has resulted in 20 murders so far this year, two short of the 22 for all of last year.

In addition to raising doubt that capital punishment, which was last carried out here in 1984, would act as a deterrent to murder, Clarke also contended that such serious crimes often occurred “on the spur of the moment”.

“Some people would say, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’, but that is the old Mosaic law,” the former veteran trade unionist said, while stressing that “sometimes you don’t go to do things”.

Since 1924, Barbados has carried out a total of 60 hangings, the most recent occurring 33 years ago.

But while many have been calling for a strong message to be sent to would-be perpetrators that “you reap what you sow” and that “if you kill a man, you should expect then to lose your life”, Clarke suggested that the authorities should start with a re-examination of the prison system and its rehabilitation programme.

“We need to see the counselling and how that would work. I know they do it [counselling], but you probably got to go deeper and [look at] how society would accept those people coming out.

“One of the problems we have with rehabilitation is that this is a small society and everybody knows everybody, and everybody is related to somebody, that’s related to somebody, that is related to the person coming out,” he said.

The former NUPW boss also supported calls for a programme targeted at the men on the block in a bid to determine their concerns.

“It is sad that we are reaching that stage where you have a few people who seem to think that crime is the answer to their survival; and they will find out . . . that the one industry that we can boast about that is really working on our behalf, which is tourism, what they are doing is going to affect tourism,” he told Barbados TODAY Wednesday afternoon.

He further cautioned that a surge in crime would affect the freedom of movement of most Barbadians.

“[Crime will impact the freedom of] people who want to go out to church at night, to go out and enjoy themselves, not only at night, but even in the day . . .. So therefore your home becomes like a jail,” the veteran trade unionist stressed.

9 Responses to Jury still out on resumption of hangings, says Clarke

  1. Mia August 3, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Hanging is a punishment. But, it can act as a deterrent. There are other methods that can be considered including lethal injection. Rehabilitation programme? The more important question is – how can the authorities/people reduce crime/ criminal activity?

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  2. Alex Alleyne August 3, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Why are we still talking about “hanging” people. Barbados sign on to all these things all over the world , so “we can’t hang a fella”…….End of story.

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  3. jrsmith August 3, 2017 at 5:04 am

    What the ***k is the issue, what is wrong with what i say……………..TODAY….

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  4. Greengiant August 3, 2017 at 6:09 am

    You would have noticed i’m not commenting. My comments have been blocked by whoever, for whatever reason on too many occasions. So i’m now silent, if my silence is what they desired. They can’t stop me when I pay my deposit to the Electoral and Boundaries Commission though. @jrsmith

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  5. Mark Rosmar August 3, 2017 at 6:12 am

    The only persons being ‘hung’ right now in Barbados are the law abiding and hard working.

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  6. Walter Prescod August 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    No to hanging! What do we do with these people who are giving the island a bad name? Hold on, when the visiters stop coming and you have no income, what then? When your mother, brother, sister, or whife is a victim what then?

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  7. fedup August 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Oh for a Tom Adams again!!

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  8. Tony Waterman August 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    “In addition to raising doubt that capital punishment, which was last carried out here in 1984, would act as a deterrent to murder, Clarke also contended that such serious crimes often occurred “on the spur of the moment”.

    Mr.Clarke!!!! ON or OFF the Spur of the Moment, does NOT negate the FACT that the Crime was Committed.

    “Some people would say, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’, but that is the old Mosaic law,” the former veteran trade unionist said, while stressing that “sometimes you don’t go to do things”.
    Mr.Clarke Again, NOt Some People, The Good Book, aka The Bible, is quite Clear on that.

    (1) “The concept of “an eye for eye,” sometimes called jus talionis or lex talionis, is part of the Mosaic Law used in the Israelites’ justice system. The principle is that the punishment must fit the crime and there should be a just penalty for evil actions: “If there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise” (Exodus 21:23–25). Justice should be equitable; excessive harshness and excessive leniency should be avoided.”

    (2) If Sometimes you don’t go to do things, and you do things, If you do the Crime, you should be Person enough to do the time and accept the Penalty, whatever it may be.

    BTW.Mr.Clarke, Hanging IS a Deterrent, it Deters the person Hanged, from EVER Committing another Crime.

    @Alex Alleyne!!!! Not True, T&T were signatory to the Same Court that we are Signatory to, and after they found out that they could not ever Hang anyone under those Rules, The rescinded they Signature, and are NO LONGER under those Rules.We just Need a PM with enough Balls to do Likewise.

    PLEASE!!!!Sir!!!!! Dont comment until you really has something of Value to add to the Discussion, Guessing in so good and it only adds fuel to the Flames.

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  9. camb August 4, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Bring back de cat o nine tail….

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