Crime in Canada

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byDiane Crocker

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Despite living in an era of decreasing crime rates, Canadians express concern over crime and push politicians to respond in increasingly punitive ways. Canadians also express little confidence in our justice system. The result is that our response to crime can be both disproportionate andineffective.In her latest book, sociologist Diane Crocker challenges the popular perception that crime in Canada is on the rise and argues that public opinion is becoming a bigger barrier to achieving justice than the actual extent of crime. Using the most current data available, her research reveals how we canbetter assess the effectiveness of crime control policies, as well as our own responses to crime, while promoting democratic values such as equity and accountability. Crime in Canada evaluates the criminal justice system's responses to crime-what works and what does not-and proposes solutions for moving forward.

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Despite living in an era of decreasing crime rates, Canadians express concern over crime and push politicians to respond in increasingly punitive ways. Canadians also express little confidence in our justice system. The result is that our response to crime can be both disproportionate andineffective.In her latest book, sociologist Dian...

Diane Crocker holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from York University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her research areas include violence against women, criminal harassment and the use of law to address social problems, particularly t...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.36 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195432479

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Overview of Crime in Canada The book, Crime in Canada, provides an overview of statistics which challenges our perceptions. I have no doubt that the voting public, even victims of crime, would have a different view of tough on crime legislation if they read this book, favoring instead the gradual release from prison and community-based rehabilitation programs. They would learn that ‘tough on crime’ legislation will have the opposite unintended effect, contrary to the interests of the people it was intended to protect—the victims! Learning that programs which address mental health issues have had some success is positive. I’m not surprised to learn that programs dealing with the issue of drug use are not as successful, given my perception that many believe simple drug possession ought not to be a crime. How can anyone support a program that fundamentally (to a degree) opposes the view of a large populous? I am very thrilled to read about some of the community programs that have resulted in the successful monitoring of sex offenders following the date of release of incarceration that have not only been beneficial for the community but for the offender as well (meaning, it’s a program that the offender voluntarily participates in). The idea that our current political climate favors the U.S. model is frightening given the U.S. has the highest incarceration rates by far. This is inconsistent with our values in Canada which favors more of a restorative justice approach. Though many of our programs have not worked as well as we had hoped, some are working. We need to stay the course for so long as crime rates continue to trend in the right direction (down). I fear that the expensive tough on crime policies of the current government will take resource from our social programs as well as from rehabilitation programs, resulting in an upward trend in our crime rate. The author, Diane Crocker, does a very good job providing an overview of criminal justice issues in Canada. Individuals working in the criminal justice systems as well as students pursuing a career in criminal justice will enjoy this overview. It’s easy to have a narrow view of criminal justice when you work in just one area. More importantly, this book will give the voting public more confidence on Election Day, knowing that their votes are based upon statistical evidence and not merely emotional appeals designed to attract votes. In the end, I am left with the impression that the current tough on crime approach approach may be favorable, but only provided it does not last! Regrettably, I suspect it will come at great expense to some of our social programs, but I hope in the end it will strengthen our commitment to our core values in Canada. The debate about whether we need to take a tougher stand against crime is healthy in that it brings to the attention of the public of important issues, including the demographics of offenders and social problems. Like the State of Texas, I hope that the Government of Canada soon realizes that tough on crime legislation is too expensive and will not have the intended impact of reduction of crime in Canada.
Date published: 2014-03-12

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List of FiguresAcknowledgementsAbbreviations1. The Crime Problem in Canada2. Evaluating Criminal Justice System Responses3. Imprisonment4. Community-Based Sentences and Corrections5. Problem-Solving and Specialist Courts6. Harm Reduction and Crime Prevention7. Restorative JusticeConclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?NotesFurther ReadingReferencesIndexCredits