Bar association blasts tough-on-crime bill

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

November 18, 2011
Canada’s lawyers have joined a host of others – from Texas Republicans to criminologists and civil libertarians – denouncing the federal omnibus crime bill. Ironically titled The Safe Streets and Communities Act, Bill C-10 is being rammed through Parliament by the Conservative majority government although many of its measures are a proven waste of money and effort. Many penology and law-enforcement specialists say the ill-considered legislation could make things worse.

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Legal system is a lousy alternative to intervention for addicts

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

March 26, 2011
Two new U.S. studies suggest special drug courts are far less effective than thought at combating addiction, reducing case backlogs and lowering the number of low-level, nonviolent offenders in jail…. Drug courts were meant to decrease the number of people in prison for drug offences, help addicts kick their habits and improve public safety. By helping non-violent offenders overcome their addictions and improve their social stability, the court programs hoped to reduce the criminal behaviour associated with substance abuse while eliminating backlogs. Nice in theory, but not in practice.

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