Monday, May 29, 2006

Twas brillig, but for slithy Toews

Further to yesterday's post below in which Justice Minister Vic Toews is quoted as saying :
"I don't think that anyone can seriously say that our streets today are as safe as they were 20 years ago",
here's some more research from the Ministry of Justice, the place where, you know, he works now.

Worse than 20 years ago? Not so much.
There are certainly some horrendous local disparities on the ground to be addressed:

but nothing to suggest a reason why most of Canada shouldn't continue on with whatever it is they are obviously already doing right.
And while we're at it, perhaps Mr. Toews can find time within his busy Jabberwocky Crimestoppers Tour to address this one :

Callooh! Callay! and a frabjous day to Dave at Galloping Beaver for the link.
More on this from The Woodshed, Jacob's Super Patented Brain Thoughts, and A BCer in Toronto

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I believe the decline in crime rates has more to do with shifting age distributions in the overall population than anything particularly innovative in corrections.

Traditionally the age group with the highest per captita representation for first time penitentiary admissions (> 2 years) is the 18-25 year olds. The overall proportion of the population in this age group has been declining.

The older you get the less likely you are to begin a penitentiary career.

If politicians were serious about reducing crime they'd find the courage and leadership to address prohibition and the tremendous harm it is causing. They find it easier to talk tough and pass unnecessary counter-productive laws.

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