Mediating Violence in Jamaica Through a Gang Truce

Charles M. Katz, Anthony Harriott, E. C. Hedberg

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The article examines a gang-related peace initiative instituted in Greater August Town, Jamaica. Our objective was to understand the negotiation processes and determine whether the gang truce resulted in the desired outcome: a reduction in homicide. Bivariate analyses showed a significant decline in homicides immediately following the truce. Upon closer examination, however, comparing change in the target area to the balance areas in Jamaica and accounting for temporal trends, we found that the decline in homicide was part of a larger nationwide decline in violence and that the gang truce was not responsible for the decline. The only significant effect was the possibility that homicides were displaced outside the target area for a brief period of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-150
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Criminal Justice Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2022


  • Jamaica
  • gang
  • homicide
  • intervention
  • truce
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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