Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Macdonald-Laurier Institute Report Card on the Canadian Criminal Justice System,

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an Ottawa-based think tank, has released its second Report Card on the Criminal Justice System:
"Canada’s criminal justice system is facing a litany of serious challenges, including significant underreporting of crime by victims, delays and inefficiencies, rising costs, and considerable overrepresentation of Indigenous people in prison" (...)

"In this second report card, we use recently collected data to update the performance of the criminal justice system in each province and territory and in Canada as a whole. Using Statistics Canada data and quantitative statistical methods, we assess each province and territory’s criminal justice system based on five major objectives: public safety, support for victims, costs and resources, fairness and access to justice, and efficiency."
Among the highlights:
  • Ontario was the most-improved jurisdiction – its ranking improved dramatically to 4th place (from 7th place), with an overall grade increase to a B (from a C+), due to relative improvements in public safety, and fairness and access to justice;
  • Quebec’s ranking declined to 6th place (from 4th place), owing to a relative decline in fairness and access to justice;
  • British Columbia’s ranking declined to 10th place (from 8th place), due to a relative decline in public safety, and fairness and access to justice;
  • Manitoba was the worst performing province and the Yukon was the worst performing territory;
  • The territories have shockingly high rates of crime per capita – far exceeding those in any of the provinces (there is 10 times more violent crime per capita in Nunavut than in Prince Edward Island); and
  • There are disproportionately high levels of Indigenous incarceration relative to the population in every jurisdiction in Canada, but they are particularly acute in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 1:42 pm


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