JAMAICA: Stalag in Kingston

The crime rate in Jamaica had skyrocketed. Armed gangs roamed the streets of Kingston, filling the night with the sound of echoing gunfire. Reported shootings had risen 1,500% in ten years, and it seemed that crime was vying with tourism as Jamaica's No. 1 industry. Now all that has changed under a tough —some say unconstitutional—nationwide antigun campaign.

No Bail. Prime Minister Michael Manley and Jamaica's Parliament finally had enough last March after four prominent businessmen were shot to death. Manley sponsored two new laws aimed at meting out "swift, sure and...