Tag Archive: research

Problems with education in Canadian prisons

December 13, 2018

This post is about 600 words and can be read in less than 3 minutes. Providing effective education and training in prison would seem to be crucial in helping prisoners live appropriately once they leave the penal system.  Quite a...

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Crime in Canada: An overview

November 22, 2018

This post is about 700 words and can be read in about 3 minutes. It’s not easy to find a careful and balanced overview of crime and punishment in Canada, but anyone wanting such an overview should consult Diane Crocker’s...

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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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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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Suicide in prisons: An international comparison

July 8, 2018

This post is 700 words and will take 3 minutes to read. Suicide rates among people in prison are dramatically higher than those in the general population, although this varies greatly among countries.  This is the conclusion of a recent...

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Rehabilitation can work

June 26, 2018 | , , , , , , , ,

Why do we send people to jail?  Although jail is taken for granted as a punishment for many crimes, people often don’t think much beyond that.  Someone does something wrong, the response is punishment, and the common punishment is time...

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Why and how do people desist from crime?

June 2, 2018

A major purpose of the criminal justice system is to reduce the number of crimes committed.  The Criminal Code sections on sentencing (s 718) lists several reasons for giving criminal sentences, including denunciation and deterrence, both of which are presumed...

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Canada gives less parole despite excellent results

May 30, 2018 |

The National Parole Board is responsible for making decisions about parole for all Canadian federal prisoners (sentences of more than two years) and prisoners in many provinces.  The Parole Board is made up of members appointed by the federal government;...

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