Source: (2002) Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice / Revue canadienne de criminologie et de justice pÃ©nale. 44(4):475-489.
In this essay, Dan Gardner reflects on the book Con Game, a recent book by investigative journalist Michael Harris. When Con Game was published, The Ottawa Citizen (a newspaper in Ottawa, Ontario) had just begun publishing a lengthy series of articles under the title Ã¢Â€ÂœCrime and Punishment,Ã¢Â€? articles researched and written by Gardner. Based on his research, Gardner believed that the Canadian way of crime and punishment, while not perfect, was in many ways a model for the world. Harris, in contrast, argued in his book that CanadaÃ¢Â€Â™s prison system was in crisis, and that the Correctional Service of Canada neither reformed criminals not protected the public. Gardner responded by closely examining the assertions and arguments in HarrisÃ¢Â€Â™s book. In the course of his reflection, Gardner concluded that many uses of statistics by Harris and many of HarrisÃ¢Â€Â™s positions on criminal justice are just plain wrong.
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