Category: Studies

Twenty times more cops than counsellors, stats show

Here’s an interesting contrast. A new Statistics Canada survey reveals that in 2008, there were 3,233 full-time employees working in victim services. There were roughly 65,000 full-time police officers at work in Canada in 2008. It’s a sobering reminder that our emphasis in criminal justice in this country is on catching bad guys. We worry...

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The crime severity index: 1 murder = 300 assaults

There’s a big problem with the new scheme to count crimes in Canada. The country’s official number crunching agency, Statistics Canada, unveiled the crime severity index today. It’s the first serious revision to the country’s sanctioned, national crime tracking system in roughly half a century.

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Canada's dubious Internet crime honours

When the U.S.-based Internet Crime Complaint Center recently released its latest report, showing that Internet-based fraud is surging in the global recession, coverage focused on the revelation that Canada had the fourth highest number of perpetrators (graphic above) in the report. But Canada has a more dubious honour. See it after the jump.

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How child molesters are made

What makes a child molester, like Christopher Robin Karasek? Surprisingly, it isn’t a history of childhood sexual abuse. A report prepared by researchers working for Canada’s public safety department found that past abuse doesn’t doom a person to become an abuser

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Pay now or pay later

We already know that troubled children cost society much more later in life – costs related to social and economic failure, psychiatric illness and crime. In one study, those kids cost society 10 times more by the time they were 28 years old. Now there’s new research that cements the understanding that childhood bad behaviour...

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