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 CanadaÃ¢Â€Â™s Ã¢Â€Âœaddiction to punishment.Ã¢Â€? While the CCJC supports some of the changes envisioned in the new law Ã¢Â€Â“ such as priorities oriented toward rehabilitation, meaningful accountability, and more alternatives to custody Ã¢Â€Â“ it also cautions about the prospects for improved youth justice if the public debate is fixated on Ã¢Â€Âœgetting tough versus being lenient.Ã¢Â€?
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