by Catherine Latimer, former director general in the justice department and a Broadbent Institute fellow.
While “tough on crime” policies have a superficial, popular appeal, they erode principles of justice, fail to help those who have committed crimes to change their ways, and have been repeatedly proven not to deter others from committing crimes. In many cases, those who have been imprisoned under harsh conditions are released back into our communities facing serious barriers to their successful reintegration but now with worse mental and physical illnesses and more anger than when they entered prison. As a result, increasing numbers are returning to prison for violent offences within five years of completing their sentences. Read the rest of the OpEd here: How We Created A Canadian Prison Crisis