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Jamaicans are the majority in Canadian prisons than any other Caribbean nationals

Jamaicans are the majority in Canadian prisons than any other nationals from any of the English-speaking Caribbean.
According to the records of the Correctional Service Canada (CCA), 58 Jamaicans are presently doing time in jail for various crimes committed in Canada, a number overshadows the 18 prisoners also serving sentences for various crimes. These prisoners were said to be indigenes of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Antigua combined. Fun fact is, there is no other English-speaking Caribbean country with an incarcerated national in Canada.
Out of the 58 imprisoned Jamaicans, only one is a female. The incarcerated female is serving a sentence for two confirmed murder cases. Of the remaining 57 males, 21 of them are imprisoned in the North American country for first degree murder case, 14 are imprisoned for two murder cases, 21 Jamaican males are serving sentences for what is classified as a Schedule 1 and Schedule 11 crimes. One man was also currently convicted for what is known as a non-schedule crime.
Schedule 1 crimes are crimes involving sexual offences and other grizzly crimes, except the first- and second-degree murder, while Schedule II crimes are serious drug offences or conspiracy to commit any and all serious drug offences.
Non-schedule offences are crimes that do not involve murder or that are not in addition with Schedule I and Schedule II crimes, said the CCA.
In accirdamce with the records of the Canadian National Household Survey, the largest clique of Canadians that are of the Caribbean origin were from Jamaica or have a Jamaican origin. According to the survey, it confirmed that of all those who claimed to be of Caribbean origin, 42 percent were from Jamaica, 16 percent were from Haiti, 12 percent were confirmed to be of West Indian origins, 10 percent came from Trinidad and Tobago, and five percent came from Barbados.
Canadians from barbados showed the lowest incidence of poverty amongst the black canadians and possessed the highest median income.
According to a Jamaica-born marketing consultant by the name of Craig Wellington, he said that, the discrepancy in numbers is probably what is responsible for the relatively high number of incarcerations of Jamaicans in the North American country where he resides.
Wellington mentioned that this scenario is entirely one sided because Jamaicans have also outclassed their Caribbean neighbours and contributed more positively to the Canadian society.
During an interview with the sunday Gleaner, wellington said that “Three of Canada’s domestic armed forces have supervisors or deputy supervisors with Jamaican origins. He said the chief of Ottawa, Peter Sloly, was raiaed in Jamaica by Jamaican parents, Mark Saunders, Toronto’s head of police, was also raised in Jamaica by Jamaican parents, and the deputy chief of police of peel’s region by the name Marc Andrews, was also born in Jamaica. He concluded by saying that there are only four black chiefs or deputy chiefs in the Canadian municipal armed forces and three of them have Jamaican origins.
Craig wellington, was a former member of toronto chief of police black community, and has for several years challenged the injustice in the canadian justice system which greatly affected racialised societies.
He claimed that jamaicans have the misy dictors, attorneys and personnels in other fields than any other English-speaking Caribbean country”.
He made reference to the case of Devon Clunis. Devon clunis was the chief of the Winnipeg Police Service from 2012 until he retired in 2016. He made history as he was the first black Canadian ever assigned the post of a police chief in Canada. He was given birth to in Jamaica until he moved to Winnipeg with his family by age 11.
In the census conducted in Canada in the year 2011, 256,915 Canadians with jamaican background were counted, which marked an 11.2 percent increase in population compared to the previous census conducted 5 yeras ago. A total count of 309,485 people were recorded in the 2016 census, which also marked an increase in population by 20.5 per cent. With little differences, the census conducted in the year 2016 signalled only a five percent increase in the total population size of Canada over the same time frame.
Wellington further added that “Jamaican Canadians make up 30 percent of the total black population residing in canada”.

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