• Recent Posts on Crime Victim Rights, Violence Prevention and Smart Policing

  • Let´s Save Canadian Lives (and Taxes): Smarter Crime Control and the Prevention Agenda

    Interpersonal violence does $83 billion in harm to victims each year in Canada – equivalent to 5% of the Canadian GDP. We have the knowledge that investing as little as 1/10th of one percent of our GDP – $1.6 billion – in proven and logical prevention strategies annually would reduce this harm of interpersonal violence to victims by 50% by 2025. Why not?

    Investing in proven violence prevention would reduce demand for policing, overcrowded remand prisons and unnecessary incarceration – potentially saving $6 billion a year in current dollars. Getting serious about establishing Canadian standards for victims equivalent to those in other countries would shift from a patchwork of services for victims to affordable comprehensive services. We need to get politicians to reform laws to provide enforceable rights for victims in place of bills of rights only in name designed by politicians to hoodwink the public.into false progress.

    Shifting from over-reliance on the current expensive reactive ¨punishment agenda¨ to invest in more cost effective and evidence based ¨prevention agenda¨ will enable millions more Canadian men, women and children, including Aboriginal Peoples, to live a better quality of life without the ¨consequences of violence on physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health¨.

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    Major UN Crime Congress to Celebrate and Advance Magna Carta for Victim Rights

    Millions of people, including many women and children, throughout the world still suffer harm unnecessarily as a result of crime, abuse of power and terrorism. Despite 30 years of progress, too many victims have too few rights. In addition, too many suffer hardship when assisting in the prosecution of perpetrators.

    In 1985, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a land mark decision for victims by resolving to prevent victimization and implement the UN Declaration on Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power.

    The UN Organization on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is organizing a special ¨High Level Event¨ to take stock of progress and provide guidance for the future at the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The Congress is expected to be attended by more than 7000 persons, including the top Justice and Public Safety officials from more than 150 national governments.

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    Science Not Retribution will Stop Homicide

    How can we honor the hope expressed by Michael Brown Sr. that the death of his son Michael in Ferguson, Mo., last summer will ¨lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone?”

    St Louis has such high losses of life from homicide that, on a per capita basis, it is one of four U.S. cities in the list of the 50 most violent cities in the world and it is rising in this embarrassing list. But this is not inevitable, it is preventable but it will require politicians to use Smarter Crime Control to apply science to save seven thousand or more lives and by the way save tens of billions of tax dollars annually.

    Unfortunately the informed debaters such as the recent New York Times Debate about public safety still do not talk about effective violence prevention. They ignore the US science on effective and cost effective violence prevention, which show that we already know how to prevent violence and it is not by tinkering with police powers or overuse of incarceration.

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    • Rights for Victims of Crime:  Rebalancing Justice
    • Smarter Crime Control: A Guide to a Safer Future for Citizens, Communities, and Politicians

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