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3.1. Preamble

3.1.1. As the problem of criminal violence has become endemic, lasting solutions will only come from institutionalized, long-term interventions.  We suggest some of these.   However, the problems are of too serious a nature, with too many lives at stake to simply wait for results in the long term. Decisive actions are required in the short term to signal to the society that there is intent and a resolve to solve the problem and to get some immediate results.

3.1.2. Consistent with the earlier analysis of the challenges, opportunities, and with the values that ought to inform any national security response, in this section of the report, a course of action or roadmap is presented.  The proposed course of action is organized around five (5) discrete but related goals, and six (6) strategies for achieving them. These goals are destroying organized crime, significantly reducing the homicide rate, reducing the rate of sub-lethal violence, restoring public order and eliminating institutionalized corruption in the criminal justice system, other critical institutions of State and the political parties. The strategies are articulated as routes with key signposts.  They are controlling corruption - including breaking the nexus between crime and the political parties, dismantling the garrison communities, making the security forces (police and military) more effective and transforming the delivery of justice. Each strategy or related set of action points are accompanied by measures of success – which would instruct systematic evaluation and aid accountability. The coherence of the roadmap, that is, its relationship between goals and strategies, is presented in Table 1 below.

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