Falling Crime Rates in Many Countries

October 9, 2018 |

This post is under 800 words and can be read in about 4 minutes. Although many Canadians don’t seem to believe this – perhaps because so much media coverage is about crime – crime rates in Canada have fallen dramatically...

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Positive developments in the US prison system

September 28, 2018 |

This post is about 600 words and can be read in 3 minutes. Prisons provide another example of a field in which Canadians can point to our neighbours to the south and feel superior, even when in reality we may...

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This blog: One year and 50 posts later

September 24, 2018 | ,

This post is 600 words and can be read in 3 minutes. This blog ran its first post just about a year ago.  At that time we stated the goal as being “to help build a well-informed public, which in...

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Can Canadian prisons be improved?

September 20, 2018 | ,

This post is 800 words and can be read in about 4 minutes. The new head of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has been given a huge mandate for change in that organization, which operates Canada’s federal prisons and...

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Policing Black Lives

September 11, 2018 |

This post is about 450 words and can be read in 2 minutes. Canadians who follow the news are used to seeing scenes from the United States of black people being shot by police, or wrongfully convicted, or beaten while...

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How to Have Fewer Wrongful Convictions

September 4, 2018 |

This blog is about 1200 words and takes about 5 minutes to read. Canada should make a series of changes to laws and criminal justice procedures in order to prevent more people from being convicted of crimes which they did...

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Canadians don’t like mandatory minimum sentences

August 27, 2018 |

This post is about 700 words and takes 3-4 minutes to read. The Liberal government elected in 2015 had as one of its election commitments ending mandatory minimum (MM) sentences for various crimes.  Although the first mandatory minimums were put...

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