Feeding jails while police starve

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Jun 20 2011
Stephen Harper’s plan to pump billions of dollars into new penitentiaries — while starving Canada’s national police force of the money it needs to do its job — is ludicrous. It’s as if the Prime Minister actually wants to promote crime as a way of filling his new jails. The auditor general’s most recent report confirmed that the RCMP has been giving up many of its investigations into drug gangs, mobsters and organized crime because it doesn’t have the resources to pursue them.

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Why do freedom fighters yearn for locks and keys?

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Apr 11 2011
…isn’t [it] a bit simplistic to divide society into “good folk” and “bad folk” and then try to consign the baddies to perdition for ever more?… the chance to get out on parole is essential… First, prisoners who can’t earn their way out early have nothing to gain by showing respect for the prison system, and lack of respect puts guards’ safety in jeopardy. Second, prisoners who serve full sentences don’t report to parole officers. I have watched parole officers in action. They are often able to keep ex-cons on the straight and narrow out there in the real world, and that is what we want, isn’t it?

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Invest in police, not prisons

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Apr. 4, 2011
… the money needed to fund an expansion of the force remains locked behind bars, a prisoner of the government’s nonsensical jail-building crusade. How can a Prime Minister who is so philosophically committed to freedom be so fascinated with incarceration? Why does he worship the discredited American approach of locking offenders away instead of trying to reduce people’s proclivity to offend by investing more in social work, treatment for mental illness and drug addiction, as well as good, solid policing?

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