On 9 March, the Lower House unanimously passed the Anti-Gang Bill, after the government and opposition agreed on a two-year expiration date, before the bill goes to the Senate for final approval.
According to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, gang membership in the country totalled 2,458 in 2017, 1,000 more than in 2014, with the number of gangs increasing almost twofold, from 92 to 172. The murder rate is currently the highest in the Eastern Caribbean, at 36 victims per 100,000 inhabitants. Most homicides are related to gang and drug trafficking activities, with the highest monthly murder rate since June 2008 reported in January 2018, with 59 cases.
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