Tag: criminal justice system

Memo to Police: No Beatings Allowed

Canadian photographer Donald Weber took the photo above. He befriended Russian and Ukrainian police officers and in earning their trust they allowed him to photograph their interrogations. Detainees had guns pointed at their heads.  Weber said, “[t]his is standard practice,

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The Victim Surcharge does not Rehabilitate

Does Canada’s Minister of Justice Peter MacKay know the difference between a restitution order and the victim surcharge? Peter MacKay was asked for his thoughts on an Ottawa judge who ruled that the new mandatory victim surcharge was unconstitutional.  MacKay

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It’s the Punishment Stupid

Yesterday Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino admonished Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for not supporting mandatory minimum sentences. “Shameful” MacKay thundered. A recipe for decreasing community safety chimed in Fantino. All in a day’s work for

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The Unbearable Lightness of Rob Ford

When fire breathing tough-on-crimers like Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford start speaking the language of compassion, understanding and “the past is in the past” and hoping that “nobody has to go through what I have gone through” we continue to see

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A National Shame: Ashley Smith’s Imprisonment

Ashley Smith’s abuse at the hands of Correctional Service Canada’s staff should make Canadians question their confidence in CSC’s ability to humanely treat and rehabilitate anyone. People should consider the prison staff’s dehumanizing treatment of a teenage girl. We can

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It happens here too Conrad

The other day Conrad Black was interviewed by the BBC’s Jeremy Paxton and in a spirited defence of himself, Lord Black was adamant that his experience with the American criminal justice system would not have happened to him in either

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