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

  • Epidemic of violence and incarceration for young black males is not inevitable but preventable

    Everyone knows that the USA has the highest rates of incarceration in the world. But not everyone knows that among affluent democracies, it also has the worst rates per capita for young men killed in homicides, traffic fatalities and drug related deaths. It is not just the war on drugs that has failed but the war on street violence and traffic safety.

    This new book analyses the criminological knowledge amassed in the last 30 years to identify concrete actions for politicians for the next five years. Politicians could cut violence by 50% or more, saving $300 billion in harm to victims. If politicians stopped overusing incarceration and reduced expenditures on actions by police, courts and corrections because there is less crime, they would save taxpayers $50 billion or more.

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    Crime Victims in Canada Need Rights and Services and Prevention of Victimization

    Canadian victims face five disturbing facts. Crime does $83 billion in harm. Rates of victimization are not decreasing. Victims are going less to police. Governments are spending much more on criminal justice but not on victims. Current knowledge on violence prevention suggests that rates of violence could be cut by 50%.

    Canada wants to enact the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights so that it will be a cornerstone that will meet the needs of victims of crime. It can only be a cornerstone if there are guarantees for the rights of victims of crime by providing funding, informing victims about them, making the rights measurable and measured, and by ensuring prevention that stops victimization.

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    Victims Rights : Smart Ways to Enforce Them

    Victims of crimes such as rape, robbery, murder, break-ins, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and assault suffer losses and trauma as a result of crime. They are often frustrated and further traumatized by police and courts.

    In 1985, all of the governments who were members of the United Nations General Assembly resolved to reduce crime and provide victims with services and justice. Since 1985, governments across the world have made many strides forward by multiplying the numbers of laws, the amount of compensation and the availability of services.

    But too many victims do not get the services and rights that they deserve for no truly good reason. To change this, we must do much more. This proposes making victim rights measurable, informing victims of services and rights, and investing in effective victimization prevention.

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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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