Re: Crime, not necessarly going down, but is it going up?Mar 6th, 2011
I don't think so - our prisons are over crowded while the gang activity is still rampant.
We're now being warned by Americans involved in law enforcement, to not follow in the US footsteps and repeat the same mistakes made by their tough on crime approaches. I'd rather the government does something that will actually work, as opposed to throwing money at a problem to make it look like we're doing something constructive.
Canada warned not to follow U.S. tough-on-crime ‘mistakes’ - The Globe and MailQuote:
The mistakes his government made were two-fold, he said.
First, it did not put enough emphasis on preparing convicts for release, which led to a high degree of recidivism. Critics say Canadian proposals to reduce parole eligibility, which will cut the amount of time convicts spend under supervision in the community, will have the same effect.
Second, said Mr. Hutchinson, the mandatory minimum sentences introduced in the United States were often unfair and put people behind bars who did not need to be there. In some cases, he said, people who were only peripherally involved in a crime were sent to jail for 10 years because of mandatory minimum sentencing.
But that's me. I guess others are more interested in appearances.