On November 25, 2008, the Jamaican parliament voted 34-15, with 10 abstentions, to resume the use of the death penalty. Advocates pushed for the measure following reports of high murder rates in the country, while opponents supported a stronger crackdown on criminals rather than reinstating the death penalty. Though the country's Offenses Against the Person Act [PDF] provides for the death penalty, an effective moratorium barring its imposition has existed since 1988. Use of the death penalty was reinstated in July 2009.
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