by Larry Smith
Last November, a regional conference in Guyana focused on abolishing the death penalty, which many Caribbean territories - including the Bahamas - want to keep on the books.
Sponsored by the European Union, the conference went completely unnoticed here. The main conclusion was that, although capital punishment did not deter crime, public support for it was closely linked to fear.
As our murder rate rises to ever more “frightening” levels - which the authorities seem helpless to deal with - it is easy to see why ordinary citizens want to strike back. There is a strong sense that criminals are undermining our society.
Former cabinet minister Leslie Miller recently excoriated the chief justice for pointing out that - under current law - it would take a massacre before the death penalty could be carried out here.