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NCJ Number: 157189 Find in a Library
Title: Over-Incarceration in Canada
Journal: Justice Report  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:9-11
Author(s): W Gibbs
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article argues that there is a problem of over- incarceration in Canada.
Abstract: The author believes in incarceration when there is a need and a purpose to it, i.e., when the offender is violent and cannot be managed in the community, or when the offender is nonviolent (e.g., drunk drivers) but has not responded to other forms of community intervention. However, in Canada, 80 percent of the correctional budget is spent on imprisoning offenders rather than funding alternative methods of corrections, despite the fact that two- thirds of convicted offenders spent less than 3 months in jail. The proposal presented here for dealing with nonviolent and non- threatening offenders would encompass the following components: no prison sentences in Canada less than 12-18 months, consolidation of 13 correctional jurisdictions under one prison system, and redirection of savings into school- and community-based crime prevention programs. 2 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Canada; Foreign correctional systems; Statistics
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