Prison tensions…

July 27, 2017  Blogger Russell Webster (UK) 10 things I learnt from NOMS final annual report Webster has an analysis of the final National Offender Management Service (NOMS) report for the UK prisons.  Recently there has been tension and … [Read more...]

All victims…

May 26, 2017 Globe and Mail – Canadian Press Supreme Court to examine constitutionality of victim surcharges The Harper government introduced the mandatory victim surcharge on any conviction and sentencing.  Intended to fund victim services, … [Read more...]

Hockey crime…

April 11, 2017 Globe and Mail – Roy MacGregor “The program meant everything to me” The story is about hockey, but also about crime statistics (and consultants), and raise a further question about the use of crime statistics to justify a … [Read more...]

Tory legacy…

    Oct. 16, 2015 Toronto Star – Pam Palmater Tories will leave lethal legacy for First Nations - First Nations communities face a series of overlapping crises that Ottawa has ignored for too long. The article is a state of the nation report … [Read more...]

A truly safer Canada…

     Sept 18, 2015 (Ed note: The Smart Justice Network of Canada Election 2015 statement is now available directly on our web site: http://smartjustice.ca/2015/09/16/election-2015-calling-for-a-smart-justice-approach/ )  Will the next Canadian … [Read more...]

The business of detention…

    Sept 9, 2015 Herald News (Halifax) – Andrea Gunn Springhill prison: More money spent, but fewer inmates We sometimes forget that besides being a prison, a prison is a business and needs customers.  Springhill is a medium security prison … [Read more...]

Basic income…

    May 22, 2015  Atlantic (US) – David R. Wheeler What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid? Income disparity is beginning to prompt a new look at the notion of guaranteed annual income.  Wheeler is offering the notion of a basic … [Read more...]

Fish? Really?

   May 5, 2014 Canada.com – Stephen Maher, Postmedia News  Things would be different if we were talking about 1,186 murdered or missing white women  The Library of Parliament Committee spent a year studying violence against Aboriginal … [Read more...]

Victims rights still an issue…

   April 6, 2014  Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Victims rights bill doesn’t live up to its name, critics say   Critics say that the bill is bogus because it does not give victims the right to legally enforceable rights and remedies by … [Read more...]

A tax on broken souls…

  Dec. 10, 2013  Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Judges defy order to impose Tories’ victim-services surcharge   Describing fines on impoverished defendants as “a tax on broken souls,” there appears to be a growing resistance to the idea … [Read more...]