Authored by: Elizabeth Comack, Cara Fabre, Shanise Burgher

Grant: Partnering for Change: Community-Based Solutions for Aboriginal and Inner-City Poverty - 2012-2019
Category: Justice, Safety and Security

Excerpt:

Frontline workers characterize the tough on crime strategy as “one size fits all” designed with the dangerous few in mind but applied to everyone. Workers believe the strategy sets the community up for danger by keeping people in prison longer in overcrowded conditions and without effective programming, and by dismantling transitional supports that assist with community reintegration. Rather than tough on crime, they say we need to “get tough on rehabilitation.” By providing people with the resources and supports they need to live productive and healthy lives, everyone will be safer. The so-called tough-on-crime approach is not making us safer.

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