Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Government
Jamaica: Negotiating law and order with the dons
NACLA Report on the Americas
Date of Publication
Discusses the birth of the political garrisons in Kingston, Jamaica in the 1970s. It looks at their links to criminal elements and the emergence of are leaders or 'dons' as a means of enforcing political patronage and control within these communities. It notes that by the 1980s, in the face of growing demands for political spoils and diminished supply from the political masters, the 'dons' established links with the drug trade to generate the needed resources for the consituency. Discusses the resulting increased power of the dons within these communities, their activities and the response of the state to this situation....