Tag Archive: discrimination

Alec Karakatsanis tells the real story on crime

January 19, 2023

Post #208 800 words; 4 minutes to read. Summary: US commentator Alec Karakatsanis debunks much media and political propaganda about crime.   The last few weeks have seen an onslaught of media stories and political comments on criminal justice across...

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Gladue decision not having desired effects

August 13, 2022

Post #197 970 words; 4 minutes to read. Audio summary by volunteer Hannah Lee. The enormous over-representation of Indigenous people in Canada’s courts and prisons is well known. As one way of dealing with this problem, the Supreme Court of...

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CSC fails on diversity issues: Auditor General

July 26, 2022

Post #196 770 words; 3 minutes to read Audio summary by volunteer Averi Brailey It’s hard to find anyone outside the government that is a fan of the Correctional Service  of Canada (CSC), which operates federal prisons and parole.  Previous...

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Risks and benefits of risk assessment

October 9, 2021

Post #178 720 words; 3 minutes to read Audio summary by volunteer Averi Brailey. This post draws largely on the work of Dr Jennifer Kamorowski and colleagues. The criminal justice system is making increasing use of ‘risk assessment’ instruments and...

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Special intervention units still not working

August 12, 2021

Murray Fallis Post # 175   750 words; 3 minutes to read    Murray Fallis is a lawyer with John Howard Canada.     This post has a 30 second audio summary courtesy of our volunteer, Averi Brailey Twenty-six per...

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Alternatives to prison for racialized women

June 12, 2021 |

Post # 170 820 words; 4 minutes to read This post has a 30 second audio summary thanks to John Howard volunteer Averi Brailey. Several posts on this blog have provided evidence that prisons are ineffective and expensive ways of...

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Rethinking violent crime

November 9, 2020

Post #154 950 words; 4 minutes to read Many discussions of crime treat so-called ‘violent crimes’ as a special subset that deserves a different, and harsher, response. But there are compelling reasons to be dubious about this distinction.  Many of...

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