Trinidad’s solution to crime

An ambitious project to inject hundreds of thousands of US dollars into sport in an attempt to persuade young people away from crime led me to Trinidad. I talked to those at risk and who are involved in Port of Spain’s gang warfare to see whether it was likely to be a success. I found a great deal of passion and positives to the idea on this Caribbean island. New facilities and money were benefiting young people but I also found that more deep rooted causes of crime – poverty and a need to belong for many hardened gang members, restricted its’ effectiveness.

Listen to the full documentary here

Read the BBC online report

See the Trinidad photo slideshow here

After this programme was broadcast, I heard the news that Jah David, the gang member featured had been killed and Jack Warner stepped down from his post as National Security Minister, resigning amid a fraud inquiry.

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