Cautionary Note On Going (Again) After Deportees: By Professor Bernard Headley

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I recently re-connected with an old acquaintance, Professor Emeritus of Criminology & Justice Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Bernard Headley. Some time ago, Professor Headley co-founded and now chairs a group named the National Organisation of Deported Migrants. I am pleased to share with you his perspective on deportees – a topic ever close to the “front burner” in Jamaica, and always, it seems, with some controversy attached.

The Star newspaper reported that two of the alleged scammers “grinned” while being escorted to their plane. I’m not sure whether they were grinning, or grimacing. (Photo: Norman Grindley/Star)

Last week, I felt great discomfort – embarrassment, shame, irritation perhaps – on viewing the small procession of deported alleged scammers making their way slowly across the tarmac at Norman Manley International Airport towards the plane that took them to North Dakota. The eight Jamaicans (five men and three…

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