Criminals will rebuild Barbados under a new political party
FILE - Founder of Solutions Barbados, Grenville Phillips
Heavier punishments are in store for violent criminals, but both perpetrators of violent and non-violent crimes can bank on helping to rebuild the Barbadian society if Solutions Barbados (SB) gets at the helm to steer Barbados forward.
Founder of Solutions Barbados Grenville Phillips told Loop News:
“On crime, we plan to distinguish between violent and non-violent crime. Yesterday, a fellow was sentenced to six months imprisonment for stealing three chocolates. That will never happen in a Solutions Barbados administration. Every offence will carry a cost. The cost will be 10 times the value of the offence, with a minimum cost of $500. Those who cannot afford to pay their fines will maintain Barbados' high maintenance infrastructure until the fines are paid.
“Our philosophy is that we want all people to participate in Barbados national economy, rather than being incarcerated. Mandatory imprisonment will be reserved for violent offenders, who will also have to work to pay their fines.”
Setting the record straight he said things such as having ganja, irregardless of the amount, is not a violent crime, “therefore they will simply be fined and let go. Violent crimes are those where the victim is physically hurt or threatened with a weapon.”
Convicted individuals will be seen hard at work doing what it takes to keep the island safe and aesthetically pleasing to the eye of locals and visitors alike.
Phillips listed painting buildings, weeding the pavement, cleaning gullies, removing and processing seaweed, and more as some of the tasks which will be ascribed to the offenders.
When told that some persons have expressed the idea of convicted persons helping the country to reduce its high food import bill through farming, he said that farming will be amongst their duties and responsibilities as well.
Speaking following the recent fatal shooting of a mother, 58-year-old Colleen Payne when she made a routine stop to withdraw money from a St. Michael-located Automated Teller Machine (ATM), Phillips promised that Solutions Barbados has “a plan to effectively address violent crime, but we cannot disclose it publically. However, it will be implemented within two weeks of us taking office.”