More tough-on-crime to come

 January 31, 2013 Toronto Star - Tonda MacCharles Stephen Harper: More tough-on-crime bills coming From 2010-2011, crime has fallen by 6%.  In January, Vic Toews hosted a meeting trying to get policing costs under control: the costs have doubled … [Read more...]

Mental health and criminal justice

January 30, 2013  International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy – Fifth National Symposium (January 2013)  - Alison MacPhail and Simon Verdun-Jones Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System While this paper … [Read more...]

Jail for 12 year old girl

 January 28, 2013  CBC News Mom furious that girl, 12, jailed among adults A Newfoundland youth advocate says: “putting a minor in police cells for 11 days is excessive.”  The 12 year old was held 11 days in police cells before being … [Read more...]

Major harms flow from the criminal prohibition of drugs

The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, a drug policy reform group, has identified several of the major harms that flow from the criminal prohibition of drugs. Eugene Oscapella has drawn much of the material for the following list from its website, … [Read more...]

Yoga in jail?

January 27, 2013  The Good Men Project – Cameron Conaway Yoga should be included in the prison reform discussion Compared to weight lifting, yoga provides the same physical release but in a more contemplative way.  Conaway thinks that yoga can … [Read more...]

Oxfam on inequality

January 25, 2013  Oxfam (UK) The cost of inequality: how wealth and income extremes hurt us all Declaring extreme wealth unethical, Oxfam thinks economic inequality is not inevitable and has some suggestions – and a goal for 2025 -  about what … [Read more...]

Stiglitz on inequality

  January 23, 2013 Stiglitz on inequality Today, SJN offers a penetrating analysis of why economic recovery is slow and stagnant.  Columbia economics professor and author of Freefall Joseph Stiglitz suggests growing inequality of both … [Read more...]

Ashley Smith inquest

January 22, 2013 CBC News – Ashley Smith jurors watch video showing her death A gruesome sight showing the last moments of Ashley Smith life and the immediate aftermath on a CSC video tape, a powerful scene that makes one repeat the query: how … [Read more...]

Grosmaire raises the ante

January 21, 2013  NY Times examiner: David Belden Radical Compassion: Restorative Justice Program Meets Needs of Both Victims and Perpetrators The Grosmaire case first aired in the NY Times has been swirling around a considerable portion of the … [Read more...]

Strategies to address the roots of youth violence

"Creating Positive Alternatives For Canadian Youth" is a seminal report from the Girls & Boys Clubs of Canada that outlines some of the key risk factors for youth violence as well as proven ways of mitigating them. … [Read more...]