How can we get past endless, polarized arguments about drugs which are often based on faulty reasoning and begin working towards creating policies which foster healthy communities?
Maybe we don't understand how punishment "works", or if it works at all.
In my last post, I suggested that there are features shared by the RCMP and the Hells Angels. Both are identifiable organizations or "gangs" which attract young people by offering excitement, camaraderie and the prospect of status and material rewards. Canada can fund its own gang several times larger than our national police force through "incentivized" … Continue reading Solutions to Crime, Part 1: Peacekeeping Canada
The disciplines of physics, astronomy and chemistry are rumored on the verge of discovering the “Higgs boson” particle – the essential element upon which the universe is comprised, based on experiments in the Large Hadron Collider. Biology has Charles Darwin and evolutionary theory as the uncontested paradigm to understand all living things, past and present. … Continue reading In search of Criminology’s Holy Grail
In a recent tongue-in-cheek Facebook post, I asked how long it would take before the Canadian government took credit for the annual drop in crime which was reported this week by Statistics Canada. I didn't believe any politician would have the effrontery to make such a claim, but Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says that that keeping the … Continue reading Tories take credit for drop in crime
October 30 2011 Dear Mr. Nicholson, Like you, I too want our country to be a safe place where criminal victimization is a rare occurrence. However, I have concerns about Bill C-10 which is currently being rushed through Parliament. Bill C-10 is uninformed by the negative experiences which the USA has had with their own … Continue reading Justice Minister Nicholson: Do you really want to control crime?
Is there a way to prevent sexual offenses, aside from reacting after the event? As it stands today, sex offenders are caught and punished after they have committed a crime. If sex crimes are thus prevented, it's on the assumption that would-be or potential sex offenders are deterred by the publicity surrounding the sentencing of … Continue reading Preventing Sex Crimes, Not Just Reacting to Them
The March 16 2009 edition of McLean's Magazine shows twin handguns displayed on either side of "The Most DANGEROUS Cities in Canada". The cover solicits the reader with "Who's got the highest rates of murder, robbery and assault. Plus: our gang violence epidemic."This is a prime example of the profit-seeking misleading the gullible. Reminiscent of … Continue reading MacLeans Mag Misleads
Suppose we looked at all the published reports which evaluate the efforts of police, prosecutors and politicians to fight criminal organizations. Ideally, the reports would show a list of things which don't work, some which might work, and some which clearly do. Fortunately, such a study has already been done . In a 2003 report … Continue reading Fighting Organized Crime: The Need for Evaluating “What Works?”
Solution 1 – Compulsory Military Service "I belong to the most heavily armed gang..." Young people are at an especially vulnerable time in their lives as they make the transition between youth and adulthood. Parents no longer have the same degree of control is when they were children. Peer groups become more important, hence the … Continue reading Five Solutions to Crime