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...]

‘Tough medicine’ won’t kill underlying social ills

Former Nova Scotia prosecutor Bob Lutes says the Canadian government and the Senate might as well tell the public that the earth is flat as suggest that a combination of longer sentences and more incarceration is the answer to public safety. He gives … [Read more...]

Mother tells of son’s despair on closure of Kingston Penitentiary

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The author's name has been withheld at her request On Wednesday of last week, after having been away, I had a conversation with my son’s psychiatrist at the Regional Training Centre (RTC), attached to Kingston Penitentiary. I was inquiring … [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...]

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...]