Restorative Justice Tag

26 Apr 2021 Bill C-22 and Restorative Justice: How the Liberal plan to drop minimum sentences for drug crimes could actually be a good thing

By Daniel Zekveld I will always remember my first experience visiting a prison. I was in my University choir, and we stopped at a medium-security prison while on tour to sing for their chapel service. Throughout our performance and through our brief interaction with inmates afterwards, many of them were brought to tears and were amazed that a group of University students would sing for them and chat with them. The whole choir received a letter from one of the people imprisoned there following the visit, and he explained how that...

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17 Jun 2014 Restorative Justice Transcripts Now Available

We are pleased to provide you with the written transcripts of the speech on Restorative Justice that Dr. Smith gave on May 6, 2013. The speech was presented to Parliamentarians, the attendees of the 2014 God & Government conference and guests of not-for-profit agencies in English, however we have provided links to the speech in both English and French. If you would prefer to listen to Dr. Smith's speech, you may listen to the Lighthouse News broadcast here. Please share this transcript with your MP or others that you...

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23 Aug 2012 Justice that Restores

By: Eric Metaxas, August 23, 2012, Breakpoint.org: For the past three broadcasts, we’ve talked about the violations of human dignity that are all-too-common in our criminal justice system. Christians cannot be silent in the face of outrages like prison rape, the mistreatment of mentally-ill prisoners, and overcrowded prison facilities. What makes silence even more unacceptable is that there is a biblically-based alternative to the status quo: it’s called restorative justice. Four years ago, Mike Huckabee summed up one of restorative justice’s key principles when he said that “we’ve got to quit locking up all the people that we’re mad at and lock up the people that we’re really afraid of . . .”
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13 Sep 2011 Enhancing Canadians’ safety through corrections and parole reform for repeat offenders

Macdonald-Laurier Institute, September 13, 2011, Ottawa, ON - A disproportionately large volume of crime in this country is committed by a disproportionately small number of offenders. Dealing effectively with these repeat offenders is central to improving the public safety of Canadians according to the latest instalment in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's newest series, Straight Talk, in which crime-expert Scott Newark evaluates Canada's corrections and parole systems in dealing with repeat offenders. Newark concluded that "the reality of the prevalence of repeat offenders in crime is not reflected in our current parole eligibility laws."
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13 Sep 2011 Enhancing Canadians’ safety through corrections and parole reform for repeat offenders

Macdonald-Laurier Institute, September 13, 2011, Ottawa, ON - A disproportionately large volume of crime in this country is committed by a disproportionately small number of offenders. Dealing effectively with these repeat offenders is central to improving the public safety of Canadians according to the latest instalment in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's newest series, Straight Talk, in which crime-expert Scott Newark evaluates Canada's corrections and parole systems in dealing with repeat offenders. Newark concluded that "the reality of the prevalence of repeat offenders in crime is not reflected in our current parole eligibility laws."
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10 Jan 2008 Restorative Justice: What is it? Why is it better than the justice system we have now?

by Johan D. Tangelder* When Jane Creba was murdered in Toronto on Boxing Day 2005, politicians reacted with their predictable "get tough policy." Politicians seem to feed on the rise of violence in Canada's big cities. They promise to ban all guns, to lock up criminals, slam the prison doors shut and throw away the keys. Aside from kissing babies, visiting kindergartens and bribing the electorate with expensive programs, talking tough on crime is certainly the most popular political pastime. Unfortunately, politicians often offer simple answers to complex problems – and the public is eager to accept them. Even many Christians have joined in the chorus calling for severe punitive treatment of all offenders. But the crisis in the Canadian criminal justice system is serious and tough talk alone won't solve it.
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