Please circulate widely . . .
On February 27th, 2010, and then again on April 17th, a group of over 50 people came together to create a coalition that is committed to creating community justice. The group consists of people from different backgrounds and disparate areas of expertise, but we are all united to find ways of opposing the Canadian government’s proposed new legislation that will increase prison populations. The government remains committed to building new prisons to accommodate them (despite ‘crime’ rates remaining stable or going down). Without a doubt, Canada is moving towards the US-style of justice that has proven to be ineffective.
Are you concerned about increased spending on prisons?
Law-and-order legislation and increased prison construction will not make our communities safer. In fact, if things transpire as they have in the US, the result will be just the opposite.
Money spent on new prisons could be spent on increasing income subsidies, affordable housing, effective drug and harm reduction programs, youth programs, etc. – that is, actions shown to be far more effective in diminishing crime than are tougher sentences and additional prisons.
We have created 5 working groups:
* Harm Reduction and Bill S-10 (mandatory minimums)
* Human Rights and Bill C-43 (changes to the Corrections and Conditional
* Youth Justice
* Prison Expansion Working Group
* Families of Prisoners Group
Please join us in working to make a difference!
Saturday June 12th from 2 to 5 p.m.
Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, 401 Bay Street, Suite 2200. This is an accessible space.