Daily Archives: December 27, 2008

Quebec proof federal tough-on-crime strategy doesn’t work: experts

The Canadian Press   MONTREAL – While the economy will no doubt take centre stage when Parliament resumes sitting in the new year, the Conservatives are making it clear that plans to get tough on youth crime will also be high on their agenda.  Should the Tory government survive, there’s little doubt it will move forward with strengthening the Youth Criminal Justice Act to have it include life sentences for convicted murderers as young as 14.  It would come in a year in which Albertans mark the 10th anniversary of the Taber school shooting and months after a rise in the number of iPod muggings was brought to light by the trial of a teen who fatally stabbed a man on a city bus in Ottawa  With that backdrop, the Tories’ tough-on-teens approach sits well with many, mianly according to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson.  But there’s one place in Canada where authorities have long taken a different approach – Quebec.  Tackling youth crime was among the Conservatives’ key election planks, but it was also one of the issues that angered Quebecers and prevented the Tories from broadening their support in the province.  Figures compiled by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics show Quebec’s emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation over incarceration has served the province well. In fact, the youth crime rate in Quebec has consistently been the lowest in all of Canada.  In 2007, for example, for every 100,000 young people aged 12 to 17 in Quebec, just 1,610 were involved in a crime.  In the Northwest Territories, the region where youth crime rates have traditionally been the highest, that figure was 10,491.  British Columbia recorded the second lowest youth crime rate in Canada, followed by Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.   Meanwhile, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Alberta recorded the highest crime rates.  Montreal criminologist Michele Goyette said the Conservative mentality of setting minimum penalties doesn’t sit well in Quebec, where there was strong  opposition to replacing the Young Offenders Act, which combined punishment and rehabilitation, with the YCJA, which favours increased penalties.  “Anything that seeks to create automatic sanctions for us, that’s against our beliefs,” said Goyette, who works at the Centre jeunesse de Montreal, a social-services agency for troubled youth.  Each person is evaluated individually and a rehabilitation program that might include drug treatment, anger management, job training or academic classes is established regardless of whether the individual is in custody or serving a sentence in the community.  While many other parts of the country have since caught on, Goyette said Quebec also has a long-standing practice of handling minor offences outside of the court system.  Theft or shoplifting cases, for example, might be dealt with through mediation or reparations with the victim, she said. Universite de Montreal criminologist Jean Trepanier said Quebec’s approach to juvenile delinquency dates back to the 1950s when an institution for boys known as Boscoville introduced a variety of psychological and educational interventions aimed at rehabilitation.  By the 1960s, the Universite de Montreal had even developed programs in “psycho-education,” he wrote in a 2004 article published in the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  “With good programs, what we can hope for is the delinquent activity will diminish and disappear earlier,” he said in an interview.  The use of extra-judicial measures has traditionally meant far fewer young people ending up before the courts in Quebec, Trepanier said.  Statistics show the introduction of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which placed a greater emphasis on such measures, led to similar trends across the country.  It also led to fewer and shorter custodial sentences, but Trepanier said a lack of flexibility within the YCJA has effectively limited the ability of youth workers to design effective rehabilitation programs.  “Youth are often sentenced to very short custodial sentences in which we can’t undertake a rehabilitation program and as such… they re-offend and they end up in custody for another short period,” he said.  “Six sentences of one month don’t have the same effect as one six-month sentence even if the total length is the same.”  Statistics show about 10 per cent of convicted youths in Quebec received a custodial sentence in 2006-2007, the second lowest in the country after Manitoba.  Two-thirds of guilty-youth cases resulted in probation. Quebec was by far the province most likely to sentence teens to  community service at 48 per cent, double the national average.  Irvin Waller, a criminologist with the University of Ottawa’s Institute for the Prevention of Crime, suggested Quebec’s strong social safety net and “sophisticated” youth protection system have also contributed to lower crime rates.  Besides focusing on rehabilitation for those already in trouble with the law, Quebec has invested heavily in programs that prevent crime.  “The city of Montreal has invested in youth centres in areas where there were likely to be a lot of young people joining gangs,” he offered as an example.  “It’s not a coincidence that (Montreal) has the lowest estimated number of youth gang members per capita of any major city in Canada.”  He also touted the province’s $7-a-day daycare system as the sort of social policy that’s likely to reduce youth crime rates over time.  While he agrees Quebec has consistently been the most progressive when it comes to its approach to youth crime, Waller said Alberta is poised to outpace it.  In November 2007, the province launched a three-pronged “Safe Communities” initiative aimed at reducing crime by focusing on enforcement, prevention and treatment.  The $468-million, three-year project has resulted in the opening of 20 new treatment beds for 18-24-year-olds recovering from addictions and the elimination of cheap drink specials at bars to improve staff and patron safety and avoid excessive liquor consumption.  Alberta also plans to boost mental health services for children, substance abuse awareness in schools and make the transition back into the community easier for high risk youth.  “This is the first three years of changing the way that government approaches these situations,” Alberta Justice Minister Alison Redford said.  In Ontario, a recent report on youth violence found racism and poverty were direct contributors and recommended providing anti-racism training to police officers and ensuring teachers and school administrators better reflect the neighbourhoods they serve. It also called for $200-million for improved mental health services as well as better co-ordination among government ministries.  Critics have argued the $2-million report, commissioned by the province after the fatal May 2007 school shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Manners in Toronto, merely stated the obvious and that the cash-strapped province likely won’t be able to implement the recommendations anyway. 
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/081226/national/year_youth_crime
 
I am always amazed when some ignorant, immoral persons demand, especially it seems uncompassionate Conservatives, who clearly too often still fail to change themselves, so they falsely think others being able to change is impossible as well,  so they do try to enforce the “letter of the law” over the “spirit of the law”.. the “spirit of the law” means an attempt to allow a person to repent, rehabilitation, where as the “letter of the law” falsely demands full incarceration, punishments. Furthermore punishing children for the often neglect, sins of their own  parents is still also absurd.. if anyone who should be punished here firstly it should be the parents anyway! Parents buck passing their sins onto the others is really criminal.
 
(Prov 22:6 KJV)  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
 
Ironically this issue was one of the main reasons that the Tories failed to get reelected and now they are stupid enough to try it again, they thus will be making the alternative coalition government of liberals being even more attractive to many next instead.
  
(John 8:7 KJV)  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
 
Like I wrote before
 
“The Bloc got another break when Stephen Harper made a statement pushing for teens who commit serious crimes to serve jail sentences in adult prisons. Mr. Duceppe slammed the Prime Minister for delivering “fresh meat” to prison pedophiles and sending young criminals to “the university of crime.”” http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/election-2008/story.html?id=882332
 
Now really How can a now Alberta, redneck that was personally now even raised in Montreal, Quebec,  now get it so wrong, did he accidently offend the people of Quebec or did he do so knowingly because he not care if it did cause he was trying to please so hard his hypocritical, Conservative rednecks of Alberta, who do emphasize now wrongfully now the letter of   the law over the  spirit of the law.. for now when there is an increase of  problem children, juvenile delinquents,  it is the parents firstly who have to take the majority of the blame and not the children. Surely the self professing Christian evangelical, Alliance church,  Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper knows this from his own personal Bible readings? (Prov  22:6 KJV)  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
 
 
or is Stephen Harper now also, still just a pretender Christian now too not just a pretender poltician?

Undeniable

No  one will lie to God next in heaven

 not even alcoholics, drunkards, liars, pastors,

perverts, adulterers , sex maniacs, lesbians, gays..

 

 

(2 Pet 3:3 KJV)  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days

 scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

(2 Tim 3:1 KJV)  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9  But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
(Heb 1:2 KJV)  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,

whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

(James 5:3 KJV)  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be

a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.

Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

 

Leviticus 18:22, 24

22 You shall not lie with a male as one lies
with a female
; it is an abomination.

24 Do not defile yourselves by any of these things;
for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become
defiled.

Romans 1:18-32

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against
all ungodliness and unrighteousness
of men who suppress the truth in
unrighteousness
,

19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made
it evident to them.

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal
power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what
has been made, so that they are without excuse.

21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or
give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their
foolish heart was darkened

22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,

23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in
the form of corruptible
man and of birds and four-footed animals and
crawling creatures.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to
impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.

25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and
worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,
who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women
exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,

27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the
natural function of the woman
and burned in their desire toward one
another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own
persons the due penalty of their error.

28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave
them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed,
evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit,
malice; they are gossips,

30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant,
boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving,
unmerciful
;

32 and although they know the ordinance of God,
that those who practice such things are worthy of death,
they not only do the same, but also give hearty
approval
to those who practice them
.

1 Corinthians 6:8-10

8 On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to
your brethren.

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not
inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived; neither fornicators,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
homosexuals
,

10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor
revilers
, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Thessalonians 4:2-8

2 For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord
Jesus.

3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you
abstain from sexual immorality
;

4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and
honor,

5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother
in the matter
because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just
as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.

7 For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in
sanctification.

8 So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the
God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.

Romans 13:12-14

12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside
the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and
drunkenness
, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in
strife and jealousy.

14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no
provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

Ephesians 5:5-8

5 For this you know with certainty, that no
immoral
or impure person or covetous man, who is an
idolater
, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ
and God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these
things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of
disobedience
.

7 Therefore do not be partakers with them;

8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk
as
children of Light.

 

Luke 21:34

34 Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down
with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life,
and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

Galatians 5:16

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out
the desire of the flesh.

Romans 13:4

4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil,
be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for
nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who
brings wrath on the one who practices evil