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CAPRI’s in depth research on crime and security, has reinforced the conclusion that diverting young unattached males from crime and violence is the most important goal for any intervention strategy. The perpetrators of the vast majority of violent crimes in Jamaica are young, unattached males—unskilled, unemployed, undereducated men, 15-29 years old, from poor urban neighbourhoods.
CAPRI in partnership with the European Union, with Ms. Joanna Callen as the Lead Researcher, is conducting a research that seeks to do an inventory of the many projects and programmes targeting unattached youth in Jamaica over the past 20 years, to track their trajectories with a view to establishing the categories and types of interventions they conducted, to better understand why they have not had success and/or not been sustained, and to proffer recommendations for more effective and sustainable programmes aimed at rehabilitating unattached youth in Jamaica.
The insight as to why decades of interventions for unattached youths has failed can provide opportunities for creating more efficient and effective programmes that will have a positive impact in engaging the unattached youths. The research will bring forward data and evidence with which CSOs and other organizations engaged in this work can better understand the shortfalls of past and current programmes, and offer recommendations to future intervention approaches.