Is It Cost Effective to Jail People Who Cannot Pay Their Debts?
Comment by One Bermuda Alliance Candidate Alexis Swan, Warwick South East
Almost every day, we read or hear stories about people who have been sent to jail for not being able to pay their bills.
Bermuda is already facing monumental debt as a country. Should we be spending more money on locking up those who can’t find jobs to pay their debts? Or should we look to creating a solution outside prison walls that will enable those in debt to pay their bills and maintain their dignity without having a prison record hanging over their heads for life?
Running up debts with no intention of paying them is one thing. But little regard is given to those who had every intention of paying, but who can prove that they simply cannot pay the debt they have incurred due to job loss or other unfortunate circumstance related to these tough economic times. If they go to jail, the bills remain unpaid and the problem has not been resolved.
How do we arrive at a solution that will please the creditors and keep the person who is trying to pay his/her debts out of prison? Westgate is, after all, an expensive alternative. The cost to the taxpayer of keeping a debtor locked up is upwards of $80,000 a year - in many cases the bill will be more than the offender’s debt.
Remarks on Young Bermudians and Unemployment
By Alexis Swan, One Bermuda candidate, Constituency 24, November 20, 2012
Thank you Craig,
I got involved in politics because I want to change Bermuda for the better.
With safe streets, great schools and an economy that grows jobs and career opportunities for my family, my peers, my neighbours … for everyone.
I believe we can build the better society that Craig talked about – where we can achieve social and economic equity for all
But to get there we have to face facts,
And the facts surrounding young Bermudians today are not good.
• Unemployment among young Bermudians has doubled since 2009
• Nearly 4 in 10 are now out of work
• Young Bermudians have suffered the largest decline in workforce participation of any other age group, with more than 1,200 dropping off the rolls since 2009.
• On average, a young Bermudian today is earning 27% less than he or she did two years ago – from a medium income of $34,500 to $25,300. That a drop of nearly $10,000 each.
• Finally, young Bermudians are experiencing the highest rate of under-employment, meaning they are earning less or cannot find enough work to keep them busy full-time.
Youth Unemployment Press Conference
Introductory remarks by Craig Cannonier, Leader, One Bermuda Alliance, November 20, 2012
Good morning Bermuda.
Our goal in the One Bermuda Alliance is to make this Island work better for Bermudians – to build a society based on social and economic equity leaving no one behind.
It’s not working today for thousands.
And if we don’t get a grip on the situation soon, we are going to be the first generation to leave our children a Bermuda that’s worse than the one we were given.
This election is your opportunity to make sure that does not happen.
Our goal must be to pass on a Bermuda better than the one we received.
But to do that we need to face facts.
This government runs from the facts… but we see it as our duty to put them before you.
It’s about People not Puppets
By Thad Hollis - OBA Chairman, November 19 2012
Sadly for Bermuda, it's now clear that this Government, its ministers and candidates are more interested in playing with puppets and chasing "secret plans" than addressing the serious challenges facing Bermuda's families, workers and seniors.
Let’s keep the focus on what is real.
Because of this Government’s failed economic policies:
∙ More than 10,000 Bermudians – a staggering 25% of the workforce – are now unemployed or underemployed.
∙ Nearly 4 out of 10 young Bermudians are unable to find a job.
Bermuda is in a deep economic crisis that is causing hardship and pain to thousands of families across the Island while the Government spends time playing with puppets.
Government spin can’t hide the facts on Jobs
By Nick Kempe, Member Shadow Finance Board and One Bermuda Alliance candidate Constituency 18, November 19, 2012
While this Government wants to pat itself on the back claiming their policies are to credit for creating 15 restaurant jobs in Hamilton, it appears they have turned a blind eye to the unemployment figures in its own Labor Force Survey issued last month.
So the OBA welcomes the opportunity to review those numbers once against with the public.
Since 2009, under those same Government policies, unemployment in Bermuda has doubled.
Last month, under those same Government policies, the reported number of unemployed in Bermuda reached 3305.
Under those same Government policies, 10% of Bermudians are now unemployed including nearly 4 out of every 10 young Bermudians between 16-24.
Just this week, under those same Government policies, 9 jobs were lost at Computer City, and Butterfield Bank said it is looking to trim 56 jobs, which equates to roughly 9% of its workforce – meaning 56 more jobs gone.