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Donna Meness
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12:58 PM on 12/04/2012
A dangerous agenda at work within the federal government with respect to the Canadian prison system. At this very moment, the federal Conservative Party, their various corporate partners, and their provincial proxy-parties are pushing hard for a major expansion of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). This is the term we use to refer to the interest groups, businesses, and government institutions that rely on locking people up to increase their bottom line.

A few specific issues relating to the ongoing Conservative revolution in prisons and policing, and tries to strategically show a few points of intervention for people who want to resist this expansion. Most of our research has focused on the internal plan to construct new super-prisons, but related issues such as the closing of the prison farms, the backdoor privatization of the prison system, and the introduction of draconian amendments to the Criminal Code are all elements of the Conservative transformation in its vulnerable and weak introductory phase, which could be resisted simultaneously in order to disrupt this current process. The strong link between the ousted Mike Harris regime in Ontario, and the key players in the Corrections transformation sheds light on what we might expect in the next year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Sampson

http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/index.php?section=article&articleid=1573

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http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2012/doc_32759.html

http://canadianharmreduction.com/blog/safe-streets-and-communities-act
12:53 PM on 12/04/2012
And why is it we need more prisons?
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AcunningDisguise
magnus gigas caput
11:42 PM on 12/05/2012
Manufacturing demands it! A workforce without rights.
They can't even argue about it!

Now imagine the vice that goes along with feeding people into prison ....
Now look at your police force..... how safe are you feeling about your kids?
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Donna Meness
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02:50 PM on 12/06/2012
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-whitehead/prison-privatization_b_1414467.html?hl_enabled

Doubtless, a system already riddled by corruption will inevitably become more corrupt, as well. For example, consider the "kids for cash" scandal which rocked Luzerne County, Penn., in 2009. For ten years, the Mid Atlantic Youth Service Corporation, which specializes in private prisons for juvenile offenders, paid two judges to jail youths and send them to private prison facilities. The judges, who made over $2.6 million in the scam, had more than 5,000 kids come through their courtrooms and sent many of them to prison for petty crimes such as stealing DVDs from Wal-Mart and trespassing in vacant buildings. When the scheme finally came to light, one judge was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison and the other received 28 years, but not before thousands of young lives had been ruined.

In this way, minor criminals, from drug users to petty thieves, are being handed over to corporations for lengthy prison sentences which do nothing to protect society or prevent recidivism. This is the culmination of an inverted justice system which has come to characterize the United States, a justice system based upon increasing the power and wealth of the corporate-state.

also:

Private Prison Corporations Are Modern Day Slave Traders
by Glen Ford

U.S. judges admit to jailing children for money

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2009/02/12/us-crime-usa-judges-idUKTRE51B7B320090212
04:08 PM on 12/06/2012
Thanks, Donna. That was interesting (in a totally appalling way). No part of the judicial system should be handed over to a "for profit" institution.
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12:34 PM on 12/04/2012
the drug gangs are what is driving the murder rate up, as long as we allow these clowns to serve little or no time the murder rate will keep going up.
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MissHtoA
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03:22 PM on 12/04/2012
I'd be more worried about the IP homicide number, just 6 fewer than gang related. It's also an issue far more difficult to throw a piece of legislation at and prevent, which is pretty scary if you think about it. It would be interesting to look at the stats on recidivism and those actually convicted of these murders if what you're saying is true.
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04:17 PM on 12/04/2012
In the city of halifax N.S.  I just read that they have second highest  murder rate in the country. the drug gangs are the reason for most of the murders.They have no problem wanting to kill each other.
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AcunningDisguise
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11:43 PM on 12/05/2012
Society is beginning to unravel.
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Donna Meness
I have never been accused of being succinct..grin
12:33 PM on 12/04/2012
The Supreme Court of Canada also emphasized the far-reaching consequences of maintaining Aboriginal offenders in a system that largely fails to serve and rehabilitate them:

“Not surprisingly, the excessive imprisonment of aboriginal people is only the tip of the iceberg insofar as the estrangement of the aboriginal peoples from the Canadian criminal justice system is concerned. As this Court recently noted (...), there is widespread bias against aboriginal people within Canada, and “[t]here is evidence that this widespread racism has translated into systemic discrimination in the criminal justice system.”
(...) These findings cry out for recognition of the magnitude and gravity of the problem, and for responses to alleviate it. The figures are stark and reflect what may fairly be termed a crisis in the Canadian criminal justice system.”

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/ajs-sja/pub.html

http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/res/cor/apc/apc-14-eng.aspx

http://www.horizons.gc.ca/doclib/2012-0096-eng.pdf

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/aboriginals/faqs.html
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04:53 PM on 12/04/2012
If one wishes there to be a lower number of aboriginals jailed, perhaps those persons should figure out a way to stop aboriginals committing serious crimes, instead of figuring out ways aboriginals can get away with same simply on a racial basis.
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Donna Meness
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12:32 PM on 12/04/2012
In previous years, numerous studies have documented the problematic relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the mainstream justice system.

The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples issued a particularly disturbing conclusion on this issue:

“The Canadian criminal justice system has failed the Aboriginal peoples of Canada – First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, on-reserve and off-reserve, urban and rural – in all territorial and governmental jurisdictions. The principal reason for this crushing failure is the fundamentally different world views of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people with respect to such elemental issues as the substantive content of justice and the process of achieving justice.”
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Johnny LaRue
04:57 PM on 12/04/2012
What are you saying ? They aren't good at concealing their crimes? Maybe that is because of some sort of impairment?
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BCPATRIOT
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12:18 PM on 12/04/2012
The front page photo should of been a knife, wake up HP
12:24 PM on 12/04/2012
OR a bat or a pencil or a pen or a chair or a stick or a beer bottle or a crossbow or a car or a .......well you get the hint
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Christian Cotroneo
12:31 PM on 12/04/2012
Or a gun.
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Donna Meness
I have never been accused of being succinct..grin
12:14 PM on 12/04/2012
You know yrs.ago when I was working in Indian Gov't I was asked to work a conference..one old Treaty 8 Indian got up & said:

"From the beginning when MacDonald attempt to build Canada's GNP nestegg with Treaty 8 monies from DIAND's LRT accounts- Canada offers a carrot & then uses the stick:

He said he remembers the time that the provinces came around with employment for the men in the communites building prisons out west, employment for some months & when finished his people were in those prisons the very next day."

Indigenous peoples make up approx 4% of Canada's population but makes up 24% of the inmates in Canada's jails.

I was raised to ALWAYS have a couple of $ on me so as not to be picked up for vagrancy..

Looks like the status quo of the 1969 White Paper is bearing fruit...sigh
12:26 PM on 12/04/2012
I went back and re-read this article and could not find one reference to native people. Why is everything got be a race issue ? I'm afraid you're a one-trick-pony who has no other valid opinions. It's getting old.
I'm Cree from Manitoba and that's not the only thing I can talk about
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Donna Meness
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01:01 PM on 12/04/2012
http://mostlywater.org/safe_streets_and_communities_act_neoconservative_crime_and_cruelty

Exploitative Discrimination in Canada: Then and Now

The 21st century effort to privatize public services is not the first time we have seen a push to put public responsibilities into the hands of private institutions. Historic policies of capitalism and colonization resulted in the long term, mass criminalization and marginalization of vulnerable, aboriginal populations in Canada.

I asked Doug King, a lawyer with Pivot Legal Society in BC what he thought about the following quote:

“Giving corporations powers over prisoners is a different matter, I would argue, much like giving churches power over residential schools” (as quoted by Keith Reynolds in a blog for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Mr. King feels that there are “parallels” between what church and state did to aboriginal families (and continue to do to this day) and what state and corporations conspire to do to vulnerable populations today. ...And that in the residential school system it had “resulted in the physical and sexual abuse of children.” ...
Stephanie Seaton has a theory around the politics that can lead to these kinds of policies in the first place, “A capitalist society is based on the idolization of people, power, and things that represent money. The marginalized represent the opposite, which is perhaps why society condemns them. They are deemed to be unimportant by those in power....”

Note: had to cut to fit box..DM
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Donna Meness
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Donna Meness
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12:12 PM on 12/04/2012
Three decades after the war on crime began, the United States has developed a prison-industrial complex—a set of bureaucratic, political, and economic interests that encourage increased spending on imprisonment, regardless of the actual need. The prison-industrial complex is not a conspiracy, guiding the nation's criminal-justice policy behind closed doors. It is a confluence of special interests that has given prison construction in the United States a seemingly unstoppable momentum. It is composed of politicians, both liberal and conservative, who have used the fear of crime to gain votes; impoverished rural areas where prisons have become a cornerstone of economic development; private companies that regard the roughly $35 billion spent each year on corrections not as a burden on American taxpayers but as a lucrative market; and government officials whose fiefdoms have expanded along with the inmate population. Since 1991 the rate of violent crime in the United States has fallen by about 20 percent, while the number of people in prison or jail has risen by 50 percent.

The raw material of the prison-industrial complex is its inmates: the poor, the homeless, and the mentally ill; drug dealers, drug addicts, alcoholics, and a wide assortment of ..

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1998/12/the-prison-industrial-complex/4669/
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Donna Meness
I have never been accused of being succinct..grin
12:11 PM on 12/04/2012
what..you mean everybody or just murder of Indians?

Oh..i get it.. using skin on skin violence to promote the P3 aspect of the Prison Industrial Complex ..

well...that's "one way" of getting rid of Canada's " Indian Problem ".. cough cough

the Bullets, the Bible, the Booze, the Indian Act, the residential schools, the 60's scoop, the 1969 White Paper, the gangs, the illicit trade in OxyContin along with the Land Management scheme all are working to a certain degree.

I guess Harper has taken Duncan Campbell Scott's words to heart...

The current rate in Canada is 102 prisoners per 100,000 population (one seventh that of the United States).

Can we really believe that mandatory jail time is about getting tough on crime? Maybe, if I didn't know that prior to electoral politics, Stephen Harper was head of the National Citizens Coalition (NCC) one of Canada's leading privatization advocacy groups.

Since the 1960s, the NCC has campaigned to "de-unionize" the workforce, privatize and/or eliminate public sector services, and discredit activities carried out through the public sector such as education or health care.

Course ..Management and Training Corporation, the company possibly slated to run Canada's new super prisons also manage health and education centers in the U.S.A.

In 2011, The Conservative Party declared their intention to "get tough on crime".but perhaps that's good goverance from "Harper's Government" : healthcare/education & prisons all managed by the SAME CORPORATION!
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Tony frm Banff
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02:19 PM on 12/04/2012
If you really knew the roots of Harper you would be astonished, he is a neocon with a hint or more of a theo-con...What do close advisers to Stephen Harper and George W. Bush have in common? They reflect the disturbing teachings of Leo Strauss, the German-Jewish émigré who spawned the neoconservative movement.
and this......................
Strauss, who died in 1973, believed in the inherent inequality of humanity. Most people, he famously taught, are too stupid to make informed decisions about their political affairs. Elite philosophers must decide on affairs of state for us.

http://harpercrusade.blogspot.ca/2010/03/controllong-ignorant-masses-with-leo.html

ll verified from the footnotes, and me personally at the library because, at first I found it hard to believe but, the slope Canada is headed on makes this truth!
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Donna Meness
I have never been accused of being succinct..grin
09:02 PM on 12/04/2012
Harper's own words from a speech he made back in 1997, you can see how his mind and his largely 'New Republican' Tory party works . . . it's a long speech to read, but it's worth it:

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SpecialEvent7/20051213/elxn_harper_speech_text_051214/

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The Conservative Economic Plan: let your children pay tomorrow for CEO bonuses today!
you want to know what promises Harper broke??

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/2011/03/14/harper-then-and-now

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Listen for 3 minutes to Peter Russell, Canada's pre-eminent constitutional expert on how the election of a Harper-led majority government could seriously undermine Canadian democracy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEsXSb_JJSU

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Donna Meness
I have never been accused of being succinct..grin
09:02 PM on 12/04/2012
Over the past five years, exercise of the fundamental freedom of speech in Canada has been curbed and discouraged by a federal government increasingly intolerant of even the mildest criticism or dissent. Particularly affected have been organizations dependent on government funding which advocate for human rights and women's equality. Their voices have been stifled, some completely silenced, by cuts to their budgets. Also financially throttled have been individuals and groups that speak out for reproductive rights, humanitarian immigration policies, and for changes in Canada's foreign policy in the Middle East.

The Harper government's now lengthy record of silencing – or attempting to silence – its critics also includes the removal of heads of government agencies, commissions, and tribunals who insist on making independent decisions. Academics who have spoken against government actions or policies have also been targeted.

This blatant suppression of basic human rights by a government constitutionally responsible for guaranteeing their expression is unprecedented in Canada's history.

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/silencing-dissent-conservative-record
georgee2
My Canada Includes Everyone
11:59 AM on 12/04/2012
Looks like woman were the big losers again this year. This needs fixing.
11:55 AM on 12/04/2012
Sadly ironic is that too all those victims, deceased and effected family members, the reality is that the Harper government 'tough on crime' slogan is a failed policy. The reality is that the one liner: 'tough on crime', is a great election one-liner that seems to sit well with those people that don't want to think much more than one simple line. "Do you want us to get tough on crime and make your community safer?" ... "Oh yes Mr Harper of course we do, I will vote for you if you can get rid of all the crime on the streets".

What a sham! The Harper Cons have long used this simple minded strategy to pull the wool over the eyes of the most gullible (yes the Tory supporters), who seem to accept any simple concept as a resolve to the bigger problem.

I suppose it would not make for a great campaign slogan to say, 'we plan to invest in communities, education, intervention, social welfare, and drug education and awareness, as a way to prevent crime'. And also, to invest in our prison population so that those incarcerated don't come out worse than they went in. Yeah, I can easily see why Harper has tapped into the simple one liners instead. Explaining the real solution would take too much 'splainin' to the simple folk, the Tory base...
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12:31 PM on 12/04/2012
110% Agree.

F&F
11:51 AM on 12/04/2012
and yet still lower then 2008 2009 and 2010
haha in fact keep adding previous years all way back to like what 1950?
11:48 AM on 12/04/2012
50% of the murders in Alberta were by new to Alberta from other regions of Canada (gruffs, looking for work) and immigrants in the drug trade from Asia and Somalia. Thanks guys!!
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GoldDustDreams
12:19 PM on 12/04/2012
Ah yeah, blame it on immigrants. That's very smart of you.
12:26 PM on 12/04/2012
and done without a citation or link or any proof
hey i heard space aliens kidnapped him and did a you know what kinda probe...
see no proof no evidence just yammerign off...
01:41 PM on 12/04/2012
? If the immigrants were doing it, how is that "Blaming" it on immigrants? It's a fact. Get it genius?
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TRMS
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12:38 PM on 12/04/2012
Alberta: Blaming everyone else for their own problems since 1905.
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12:53 PM on 12/04/2012
We should of left them with the North-West Territories.
01:40 PM on 12/04/2012
Blaming? It's a fact. 2+2=4, even if an Albertan says it. Wow, TRMS, talk about bias.
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