Amazing, what notions germinate in the absence of contrary views. Some Brits apparently believe Canada is a model of crime-prevention sensibility: If the Conservatives want to see what works they should look to Sweden, Demark, Canada and America. Based on 40 year studies, they have developed programmes which target the factors that can lead young...
Category: Crime Policy
In the face of community outrage, political and police leaders have done what’s expedient, concocting a quick fix for gang violence in British Columbia.
Winnipeg is doing what science tells us is a waste of time and money when it comes to preventing crime. The city is installing 10 spy cameras in downtown crime hotspots, at a cost of $450,000. This, despite findings from a prominent Canadian research group that “there is no evidence whatsoever” that surveillance cameras deter...
As the standard bearer for the government’s tough-on-crime crusade, you wouldn’t expect Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan (inset), who is responsible for prisons and parole, to contradict Conservative policy. But that’s what he seemed to do today, while answering questions from reporters inside a federal prison in Kingston, Ontario.
Conditional sentences have been controversial since they became a sentencing option in Canada in 1996.
Now they’re killing people.
When a politician says something this dumb, we should be insulted. If we swallow it without question, we might as well begin impersonating Jim Carrey’s diuretic sidekick.