Inniss: Capital punishment not the solution

Government Minister Donville Inniss has declared his hand on capital punishment – he has no objections to it, but it is no cure-all for crime.

Addressing the monthly meeting of the St Michael East branch of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at the St Giles Primary School over the weekend, the Member of Parliament for St James South said once an individual was found guilty of murder without a shadow of a doubt and had exhausted all of the judicial processes, the penalty should fit the crime.

At the same time, he said, hanging as a punishment was not a deterrent to the gun-related crimes plaguing the island.

Inniss, the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, commended the Royal Barbados Police Force for its record of  apprehending criminals, particularly those responsible for murder, while he chastised people who support those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

“Those parents and friends who go into the court making a noise when their wicked children are apprehended and held before the court, and say how wonderful their children are, they should be arrested too for the kind of children they have unleashed on this society,” Inniss said.

He added that there were some fundamental challenges that must be overcome in order to deal with the crime situation, some of which were identified several years ago when the now late Prime Minister David Thompson had expressed concern about crime and violence.

“When the late Prime Minister David Thompson and others had talked about crime and violence, it was against the backdrop of the way in which the young people in this society were going. It was against the backdrop of a feeling that we were focusing more on material things rather than the things that were morally and socially acceptable,” Inniss pointed out, adding that he had no doubt the upsurge in gun-related crime in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean, was also closely related to the illegal drugs trade.

He further charged that there were too many parents who were not pulling their weight.

“Each one of us . . . must ask ourselves if we are doing the very best when it comes to raising our children. Each one of us mothers and fathers must ask ourselves if we are setting the best example for our children. Each one of us as mothers and fathers must ask ourselves if we are instilling respect and discipline in the household, because if you cannot get it right in the house, don’t expect it will be right in the school system out there on the streets.

“Too many parents are passing that responsibility on to someone else. It does not take much out of me as a father of two boys to ask them how they are doing and point out where they are going wrong and to instill some discipline in them. At some time I have to unleash them onto the wider society,” Inniss contended.

13 Responses to Inniss: Capital punishment not the solution

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose September 12, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    You’re an ass and it keeps getting bigger everytime you open your mouth.
    You have capital punishment on BIM right now, gunmen executing people sir illegally, what they need is the death penalty by hanging to serve as a deterrent for using illegal guns stuuuppess.

    • ks September 13, 2017 at 11:00 am

      “…. what they need is the death penalty by hanging to serve as a deterrent for using illegal guns …”

      Opponents will say it does not work as a deterrent.

      In fact, it is a PENALTY, not a deterrent, & when carried out, guarantees the murderer will not be a repeat offender!

  2. jrsmith September 13, 2017 at 5:22 am

    These politicians are all the same , they show no real concern for our black people … When ever they open they mouths just mush comes out , we are still expecting too much from our politicians which is just not in them to be real human ,trustworthy and honorable thats why all of our politicians in barbados need to be control , they are out of order, they do what they like, say what they like and dont care two hoots about the black masses………

    We need something to remind our politicians we suppose to be a democracy, stop treating our people as second class citizen , bajans must also stop thinking, a general election is the real chance to get rid of rubbish politicians , but thats not really the truth , my take this government have the chance of being return to office……. Bajans then what , how do we get rid of the useless lot , this the question…………………………………………………..

  3. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown September 13, 2017 at 6:36 am

    The corrected response, shouldn’t be capital punishment alone is not the solution. The solution lies in 3 parts:
    1. The role of the parent
    2. Society
    3. Punishment suitable for the crime committed.
    When looking at the role of the parent, parents needs to be more involved in their children upbringings. Some parents today, don’t have the time to be parents because they want to pretend and act like the same kids they are raising. They are those parents walking around thinking they have no responsibilities at home, to busy engage in everything socialable, partying, hanging out , entertaining the company of the opposite sex, etc forgetting their primary job as a parent is dedicating 18 years of out their lives for the sole purpose of raising up a child in the right way.
    Next society is as easy to blame, a lot of time you have the advocacy groups protesting, oh they are children, you should treat them with hand gloves, special care, they have rights and all sort of foolishness forgetting that if they are children, why are they not behaving in a manner indictitive to the personality of a child. They are children, yet they have no problem taking a life. They children but they choose to be involved in a life of crime and violence because some clown is going to come to their defense. Well if a child chooses freely to act as a criminal then let them pay the price a criminal pay. Punish them in the same manner an adult is punish. The Bible states a child is held accountable for their actions from the age of 7, clearly indicating that they know right from wrong and know consequences. Adults need to stop defending these criminal, and gang bangers, hoodlums or whatever you want to call them. When one choose to take the life of another person whether or not they succeed or not they succeed they rights as ordinary citizens with privileges given to ordinary citizens becomes void. They did not give they victims a chance, they choose to ignore their victims pled, they had no regard for the life of another individual or the pain and suffering of the family by which they were ending son, daughter, sister, uncle, aunt, etc life, they did not look at what that person they are killing may contribute to society so people need to “stop defending these young criminals”
    Finally government is to blame; when government do not enforce laws or punishment suitable for the types of crime committed, the criminal have nothing to fear, the laws are seen as a joke and totally disregarded. When government enact severe punishment it’s a deterrent. First stop granting bail to certain individual for the act of crime they committ, reprimand them to jail until trail while imposing a fine. Make gun possession fine for any individual $10, 000 cash only,out of the individual or their family. Next any person who kills anyone, first impose a fine of $500,000 cash ( if they family have to sell their own or whatever possesion to come up with it who cares- look at it as a civil lawsuit from the victims family) while imposing life in prison or the death penalty. Increase the fines for drug possession with cocaine, heroine possesion starting at $50,000 base on the quantity caught subject to $ 1 million .
    Also government needs to make sure that the majority of the youth/ young adults are employed and productive members of society. Unemployment and crime goes hand in hand. Stop allowing these guns and drugs to enter the country. Everyone person, barrel, container, yatch entering Barbados needs to be search. Hire more police men and women and defense force to do the job. Any person not a Bajan national caught bringing either drugs or guns into the country let them pay fine no less than $100,000 cash of their own money upfront base on the quantity of drugs as a fine, reprimand them to jail in Barbados for 6 months and then deport them, create a data base with fingerprintsto for these violators to make sure they are unable to enter the country again. Government needs to stop pretending they are no solution and become more proactive on laws to deter such crimes. The Arab nations are able to find deterrents so is North Korea and other parts Of the world ,so stop pretending it can’t be done.
    Until government and the court stop glamorizing crime with the laws currently on the books because the punishment is a joke, then criminals have nothing to fear.

  4. Gittens Hallam
    Gittens Hallam September 13, 2017 at 7:33 am

    What is the solution Mr inniss??

  5. Rishona Graham
    Rishona Graham September 13, 2017 at 8:12 am

    So what’s is . People speak freely once the shoe isn’t on their foot .

  6. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte September 13, 2017 at 10:18 am

    The solution starts in each family unit.

  7. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier September 13, 2017 at 11:15 am

    This gentleman is very opinionated and most of the stuff that he says makes no sense

  8. Helicopter(8P) September 13, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Minister your Grand Mother would weep tears to see what condition the young men of Barbados are unleashing to the citizens and visitors to the island!!

  9. h. calndre. September 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    The death penalty, Inniss say would not stop the murders. This is what it would do, make the mothers try harder to raised her other children better as the old folks would say she don’t want to have to hold her belly again.

  10. Tee White September 13, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Capital punishment has never stopped any type of crime. In Britain they used to hang you for stealing but it never stopped people stealing. In the USA, many states have capital punishment but crime and murders continue. Also what happens to the innocent individual who is found guilty in court? He or she can’t be released and compensated when it comes out that they were wrongly convicted.

    We are looking at this problem from the wrong angle. By the time the individual becomes a criminal or a murderer, it’s already probably too late. We need to start with the fact that these children are not born as gun carrying criminals. What is happening in our country that is turning them into that? Why are there drug trafficking gangs operating in Barbados? Until we seriously deal with these questions and think about how we can build a Barbados which takes care of all of its members and not just a few, a Barbados where there is justice for all and not just for a rich elite, we can hang as many people as we like but the situation won’t change because everyday the conditions will produce replacements for the ones hanged.

  11. Carson C Cadogan September 13, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Capital punishment is cruel and inhumane. It must be banned. It the caveman response to a problem.

  12. john jochum September 14, 2017 at 9:53 pm



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