The program was seeking $1.5 million annually for five years, with
what McWhinnie said was the full support of the federal crime
The 15-year-old circles program, which operates on a shoe-string
budget at 16 sites across Canada, had hoped to double the number of
sexual and violent offenders under its watch, McWhinnie said in an
“It’s got a pretty firm track record of substantially reducing
recidivism among sex offenders, by 83 per cent compared to those who
don’t have (access to the program).
“It’s exactly what this government says they wanted to do. So we’re
quite shocked — and I can tell you, quite frankly, so is the National
Crime Prevention Centre shocked — that this was turned down.”
For additional information as well as a press release and a sample letter (for Canadians to send to their MPs) go to the website of the Church Council on Justice and Corrections.
Your donation helps Prison Fellowship International repair the harm caused by crime by emphasizing accountability, forgiveness, and making amends for prisoners and those affected by their actions. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results are transformational.Donate Now