Criminal Justice in the USVI
I've read reports of the disposition of criminal cases in the local newspaper, as well as comments by members of this forum.
In short, it seems that very many cases are dismissed or decided with little or no consequences for convicted criminals.
I know there are strong feelings about this issue. I'd just like to know any background.
Is there a judicial philosophy involved? Culture?
Is the situation common to other places in the Caribbean region? Are there places that are tougher?
i have heard that st lucia is much tougher on the criminals
In general I think that the VI is more liberal than most islands. But here justice has a way of being modified by the people involved. And they play the time game an hope it goes away. Also MANY of the people here are related so that comes into play. And they might be even a little corruption.
But that is what I think.
Did u ever read in the newspaper where a woman was fired from FirstBank because she was stealing money and then she was employed at Scotia Bank right after? Simple things like that show how this island is about who you are and who you know. Too much times I have walked into establishments where someone was charged for embezzlement at their previous place of employment & then they're hired doing the same thing (working with money) at another place. Are you kidding me? Things will not change until we start employing the right individuals in these high authority positions but that will never happen because money is always being passed under the table.