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RCMP Chief Supt. Will Ng speaks at a news conference as seized fentanyl pills are displayed in Surrey, B.C., in March 2023. Years of civil forfeiture regulations do not appear to be resulting in any meaningful abatement in organized crime, particularly in the illicit drug trade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Are governments using proceeds from crime to raise public funds?

Civil forfeiture laws and unexplained wealth orders seem to be less about crime control than an exercise in public funding.
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Boot camps for young offenders are back – the psychological evidence they don’t work never went away

Evidence shows the links between punishment, discipline and behaviour change are weak at best. Good rehabilitation has a therapeutic focus – but this is less popular with politicians and the public.
A sign outside the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge, B.C. The B.C. government has introduced legislation that would ban people convicted of serious crimes from changing their names. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Banning offenders from changing their names doesn’t make us safer

British Columbia’s proposed ban on name changes could impact people’s Charter rights and undermine the rehabilitation and reintegration of those convicted of crimes.
A man with a child shows his identification to police officers at a checkpoint in Honduras as migrants attempt to reach the U.S. Photo by WendelPhoto by WENDELL ESCOTO/AFP via Getty Images

Young Hondurans’ desire to migrate is influenced by factors beyond poverty and violence

New research challenges the conventional wisdom that those who enjoy some form of employment and strong support networks are more inclined to attach themselves to a set geography.
A Toronto police officer adjusts police tape at the scene of a quadruple shooting in downtown Toronto in September 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Tackling the causes of crime, not sending more people to jail, is the only way to fight it

There are proven ways to significantly reduce violent crime within the next five years. It requires becoming not “tough on crime,” but “smart on crime” before it happens.

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