How prisons hurt communities

Feb 11, 2017 AJ+ – Van Jones “If rich folks' kids get in trouble, they go to rehab. Poor folks' kids get in trouble, they go to prison.” Van Jones talks about how mass incarceration is hurting … [Read more...]

Media mergers …

February 24, 2016 Guardian (UK) Democracy warning as Canadian media outlets merge and papers close: Federal minister convenes talks as union calls for action over increasingly centralised ownership and publishers warn of threat to public interest … [Read more...]

Numbers …

February 18, 2016   CBC News – John Paul Tasker Confusion reigns over number of missing, murdered indigenous women - RCMP said 1,017 indigenous women were killed between 1980 and 2012, activists say it's closer to 4,000 The number of Indigenous … [Read more...]

Community options required!

Frequently working as cooks or cleaners in the prison, women learn few marketable skills, and have less access to pre- release programs than do male inmates. Access to CORCAN and to community work releases would better prepare them for return to … [Read more...]

Income inequality promotes crime and imprisonment

Groundbreaking analysis by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of The Spirit Level, shows that greater economic equality-not greater wealth-is the mark of the most successful societies. In this TED talk, Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data … [Read more...]

Hard costs of lock-’em-up culture

This article reports on shattering data from the Pew Foundation that documents for the first time incarceration’s economic effects, with severe impacts life-long on the economic stability of families and whole communities. Unless society comes up … [Read more...]

Is your criminal justice system serving you well?

This Toronto Star series maps the most costly jail cities in the country, adding socioeconomic data to the mix to give a better picture of crime and punishment in Canada — and Toronto. … [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...]