Thank you for requesting my research as an answer. I'll continue
checking for the figures and alert you by clarification when I locate
them. Here is the current information:
"In Jamaica, guns have been banned for decades, yet it had more than
1,000 murders this year (and a homicide rate of 33.69 per 100,000 in
2000) and gun battles on the street are commonplace."
From the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters at
"The country faces a critical crime situation with a homicide rate
exceeding 40 per 100,000 persons."
From "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2001" March, 2002,
released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor U.S.
Department of State at
"The highest annual rates are found in Colombia, with 65 homicides per
100,000 people; Honduras, with 55 per 100,000; El Salvador, with 45;
Jamaica, with 44; and Venezuela, with 35 per 100,000."
From June 11, 2003, press release from Pan American Health
Organization at http://www.jointogether.org/gv/news/alerts/reader/0,2061,563872,00.html
Also, a February mention at http://www.psoj.org/clarendon_police.html
I believe it is too early to locate the figures for 2003 since the
earliest month I discovered in all the past years' figures was
February. I will be happy to post my findings as an answer if
acceptable to you but I didn't want to post an incomplete answer
missing the figures you seek for 2003.
If you do not need the information immediately, please consdier
requesting my research as an answer and I will continue to search for
the 2003 information on a daily basis until it becomes available.
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Clarification of Answer by
09 Mar 2004 07:00 PST
While this is not the rate per thousand (and I'll continue to check
for that reported figure), this morning I located the following
"While tougher anti-crime efforts in Jamaica led to a moderate
decrease in violence in 2003, National Security Minister Phillips
admits that ?the situation is far from being where it should be? (AP).
Last year?s measures -- including increased curfews, roadblocks and
military patrols -- helped bring homicides and shootings down by 10
and 13 percent respectively..."
If homicides were down 10%, then the 44 per 1,000 of 2002 could be
aproximately referenced using a 4.4 drop, making the 2003 rate 39.6.