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Response to New Youth Justice Law: Church Council calls for urgent public education on country’s “addiction to punishment”

Church Council on Justice and Corrections, John
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Ottawa, Canada: Church Council on Justice and Corrections. Downloaded 18 January 2005.

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) is a Canadian coalition of faith-based individuals and churches advocating for a more humane way to practice criminal justice. In this news release, the CCJC responds to a proposed new youth justice law in Canada. The CCJC, in view of the proposed law, urges public education about the extent of crime and Canada’s “addiction to punishment.â€? While the CCJC supports some of the changes envisioned in the new law – such as priorities oriented toward rehabilitation, meaningful accountability, and more alternatives to custody – it also cautions about the prospects for improved youth justice if the public debate is fixated on “getting tough versus being lenient.â€?


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