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...]

Why is prison the worst setting for the seriously mentally ill?

Jails and prisons can be brutal places: suicide rates are at 84 per 100,000 compared with 11.3 in the community; homicide is 28 per 100,00 compared with 1.8 (Office of the Correctional Investigator, 2010). Slamming cell doors, fear and intimidation … [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...]