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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda causing more prison violence, rights abuses

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives researcher, Paula Mallea, explains how Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda has become a tough-on-rights crusade.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s inhumane mandatory minimums don’t reduce crime: rights group

A new report by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says Harper’ mandatory minimum sentencing policies are failing to reduce crime while imposing staggering personal, social and financial costs on Canadians.

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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Rob Anders … Wants To Resurrect What?

Apparently, Rob Anders thinks that we need to resurrect the old “Rape” laws.

He wants anyone convicted of rape to serve a mandatory minimum of eight years in prison for a first offence and 10 years for each subsequent conviction. 

“I ideally would have liked to have seen rapists get 20-years mandatory minimum but . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Rob Anders … Wants To Resurrect What?

The Canadian Progressive: Ontario Court Rules Harper’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences Unconstitutional

Harper Conservatives’ draconian law-and-order agenda is challenged as Ontario court declares mandatory minimum sentences “cruel and unusual punishment”.

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Is Justin Trudeau Smarter Than Twitter? (Redux)

The guy raised $25,000 at a Friday night ladies night event, invoked a little Tom Friedman in the process, and this afternoon dropped a wee bit o’ policy: .@MJGismondi I (and the Liberal party) trust the Judiciary to do their jobs well, so yes.— Justin Trudeau, MP (@JustinTrudeau) November 10, 2013

Progressive, evidence-based, eminently defensible, . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Is Justin Trudeau Smarter Than Twitter? (Redux)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Watch As Our Prison Costs Go Up

Travis Baumgartner was sentenced today.  He was sentenced to the equivalent of “40 years to life” for a bloody robbery that left three dead.

Previously, the standard sentence that Baumgartner would have received was “25 to life”.  That was until the Harper Government passed a law which changed the sentencing rules for multiple murders.  Once . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Watch As Our Prison Costs Go Up

Impolitical: Toews’ comments on mandatory minimums

In the wake of the Toronto shootings on Monday night, Vic Toews took the opportunity to criticize the courts for rejecting his government’s mandatory minimum sentences of late: Mr. Toews said Tuesday, during an interview on Golden West Radio, which operates a number of stations across the prairies, that he is concerned about the courts . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Toews’ comments on mandatory minimums