Crime and punishment: Time for a more reasoned debate

Danny Graham, criminal justice advisor in Canada and internationally, reports that comparable European democracies basing policy on "what works" are achieving much lower crime rates than Canada, with lower incarceration and huge fiscal savings. He … [Read more...]

Women behind bars

They're murderers and mothers, victims of abuse and mental-health patients. They are also ganged-up youngsters with nothing to lose. They're female criminals, and they are the fastest growing prison population in Canada. After all that's been done to … [Read more...]

Crime is a theory …

In this video by Heartspeak Productions, Kim Pate, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Societies, describes the social factors of criminal behaviour. She says that the very language used in the criminal justice system distorts … [Read more...]

Chief Justice of Alaska calls for Smart Justice

Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti, Juneau, Alaska, asks the legislature to consider Smart Justice. The idea that jail time is the fitting response to every crime, or even to most crimes, has become an expensive and a possibly unnecessary proposition. … [Read more...]

Vera Institute: Reallocating justice resources

With fewer dollars available, state criminal justice agencies are challenged to increase public safety while coping with smaller budgets. This report distills lessons from 14 U.S. states that passed research-driven sentencing and corrections reform … [Read more...]