LWOP in limbo…

    June 1, 2015  Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Tories' life-without-parole bill in limbo Government House Leader Peter Van Loan is telling media that Bill C-53, the bill that increases the sentencing for certain types of murder, also known as the … [Read more...]

Results of double bunking…

   May 16, 2014  Star Phoenix (SK) – Betty Ann Adam Overcrowding caused 2012 jail death, union official says   Bob Bymoen, president of the Saskatchewan Government Employees' Union, representing the prison guards says that the killing of … [Read more...]

The tides of justice?

 July 27, 2013  MacLean’s – Ken MacQueen A closer look at falling crime statistics   MacQueen writes that the costs of policing are skyrocketing while the crime levels fall but that in spite of the contradiction and in spite of the desperate … [Read more...]

Not lower, again?

 July 26, 2013 Globe and Mail – Jill Mahoney Canada’s crime rate drops to lowest level since 1972  The crime rate and the crime severity rate both dropped again in 2012, both by 3%.  Homicides are down by 10%, critics say the crimes in the report … [Read more...]

Crime highest in Nunavut

 March 23, 2013  Nunatsiak-on-line Report shows Nunavut’s high violence crime rates stretch court resources - Number of cases, judges, sittings continue to increase A review of crime and court activity from 2000 – 2012 called “Ingirranivut: Our … [Read more...]

Get the lead out!

 February 11, 2013  Mother Jones – Kevin Drum America's Real Criminal Element: Lead Here’s a lengthy article to blow your mind about all the pet theories on why the crime rates continue to plummet.  It is also a pointed lesson on why people … [Read more...]

Health and hard time

  January 16, 2013 Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) – Adam Miller Health and hard time The association starts the first of a promising multi-part series on health issues in prisons.  The listing of areas of concern is part of this … [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...]

Missouri tells judges cost of sentences

Some jurisdictions are asking for more judicial accountability for costly sentencing choices that are ineffective. A new program in Missouri uses data about offenders to help answer these questions: What is the likelihood, under different sentencing … [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. http://www.thestar.com/specialSections/crime … [Read more...]