Bill C-10 / Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / government / justice / law / legislation / prison / prison expansion / Stephen Harper / Vic Toews

Vic Toews and the League of Imaginary Crime Fighters So this is rich: the Conservatives are taking credit for the falling crime rate. On July 24, after Statistics Canada reported that police-reported crime was at its lowest level in 40 years, Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews tweeted “Crime rate down 6% – shows CPC tough on crime is working. Rate is still … Continue reading

Bill C-10 / Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / legislation / mandatory minimums / prison expansion / Stephen Harper

Crime Doesn’t Deter Tories – Nor Do Facts

by Joan Ruzsa Huffington Post July 16th, 2012 There’s something I don’t understand about us humans. We can cure disease, explore outer space, access information from around the world in a split second and discover the God particle, and yet the best idea we have come up with to respond to crime and social harm … Continue reading

Aboriginal issues / Alex Himelfarb / Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / justice / legislation

A Meaner Canada: Junk Politics and the Omnibus Crime Bill

From Alex Himelfarb’s blog, this post eloquently addresses the problems with the Conservatives law and order legislative agenda, and its contribution to the debasement of Canadian politics. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Excerpt:  “Canada’s new Parliament is poised to reshape Canada’s criminal justice system and, in significant ways, Canada itself.   Within 100 sitting days of its resumption Parliament … Continue reading

G2o / legislation / prison / prison expansion / Stephen Harper / Uncategorized

Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful

by Mountain River Mountain River has been a prisoner for almost 3 decades, and has been a witness to the cyclical nature of the justice system. _______________________________________________________________ “Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) We want to address the issue of Harper and his bent for vengeance. Mr. Harper … Continue reading

Conrad Black / human rights / justice / legislation / prison expansion / prisoners' rights / Stephen Harper

Canada’s Inhumane Prison Plan

Conrad Black’s surprisingly progressive analysis of the Conservative government/Correctional Service of Canada’s inaccurately titled “Roadmap to Strengthening Community Safety, from the National Post on Friday, May 28th. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “This Roadmap–which was released in 2007, and which the Harper government began officially responding to in its budget in 2008, setting out a five-year plan — turns … Continue reading

correctional services of canada / cost of prison / government / legislation / prison expansion / Uncategorized

43% Increase in Federal Penitentiary Construction Budget: NDP

by Justin Piché While Finance Minister Jim Flaherty preached fiscal constraint during his unveiling of the Federal Budget yesterday, announcing decreases and freezes on various areas of government expenditure, he managed to set aside funds to feed the Reform Party’s addiction to imprisonment.  According to a statement released today by NDP Public Safety Critic Don … Continue reading