In order to honour the rights of victims of crime, chronic under-funding in the criminal justice system needs to be addressed.
Research shows giving the commissioner greater oversight of complaints could help deliver justice for those failed by the system.
Four of the 10 federal prisoners executed this year: Wesley Purkey, killed July 16; Dustin Honken, killed July 17; Brandon Bernard, killed Dec. 10; and Alfred Bourgeois, killed Dec. 11. In some cases, survivors of their victims addressed the court.
Victim impact statements give survivors a voice in the criminal justice process. But research shows their wrenching personal testimonies may not bring closure and can add racial bias into sentencing.
Criminal trials may hold offenders to account but they are far from perfect. The Victorian Law Reform Commission is looking at how restorative justice could be used for sexual offences.
Thuli Madonsela, professor of law and former Public Protector of South Africa.
The first of a series of fatal flaws in the idea is about where to draw the line.
Even a minor arrest and no conviction can be devastating.
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Whether or not someone is eventually convicted, an arrest alone is enough to significantly impair a Black man's job and earning prospects.
Calls for help at Chicago’s Cook County jail, where hundreds of inmates and staff have COVID-19, April 9, 2020.
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In the 1790s, penal reformers rebuilt America's squalid jails as airy, hygienic places meant to keep residents – and by extension society – healthy. Now they're hotbeds of COVID-19. What went wrong?
Marijuana decriminalization won’t end arrests.
Decriminalizing medical and recreational marijuana may exacerbate racial inequality within the criminal justice system, among other things.
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein (centre) has been convicted of rape in the third degree and a criminal sex act in the first degree.
Achieving justice in response to sexual violence is complex, and we should treat the Weinstein conviction with some caution.
New research shows that Canadians who live in rural areas hold more punitive attitudes about crime and how to control it than their urban counterparts.
Those living in rural areas have more punitive attitudes toward crime and how to control it than city-dwellers, and it's a major component of the growing urban-rural divide in Canada.
Seventy-eight percent of the people executed for witchcraft in New England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries were women.
Powerful men often proclaim baseless accusations to be a 'witch hunt.' But American witch trials have always targeted a persecuted minority: women.
The US is one of a few countries that still uses private prisons.
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Private prisons have long been a topic of controversy in the U.S. A professor of sociology explains what they are and why they matter.
Footprints aren’t always as clear as this - but they nevertheless have their uses.
The debate about the reliability of forensic evidence reflects a lack of understanding of how forensic science is best used in the justice system, rather than a problem with forensic science itself.
With the right support, women in prison or whose children are in care can breastfeed. But there are challenges.
Supporting mums in prison and whose babies are in care to breastfeed has benefits for mums, their children and wider society.
We have such romantic notions of being finally appreciated on Mother’s Day that some mothers feel disappointed. Perhaps we should shift the idea of what Mother’s Day can be.
Mother's Day was originally a call for peace and justice. Some are advocating it be returned to a day of action and reflection.
A failure to introduce robust science means forensic science has reached crisis point. The UK has to act now to address this threat to justice.
Audio used as evidence in criminal trials can often be unreliable.
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Indistinct forensic audio is often 'enhanced' to make it sound clearer. But how effective are the techniques that are used? A new experiment suggests they can be highly misleading.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould holds a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, March 29, 2018, regarding the criminal justice system.
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Bill C-75 was introduced to the House as a way to fix issues with the criminal justice system. However, an unintended consequence is that low-income people will lose access to law school clinics.
Concrete action steps are needed to help reconciliation, says a research team that offers 12 actionable ideas. Here Ben Paul, of the Musqueam First Nation, sings and plays a drum during the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, B.C., on Sept. 24, 2017, held to promote positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
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It's been three years since the TRC released its report on the lasting impact of residential schools in Canada but responses to the 94 Calls to Action have been slow. A new framework hopes to change that.
President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
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Young people of color are disproportionately affected by the lifelong consequences of having a criminal record.
San Bernardino County Probation officers search a parolee room for drugs and arms.
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Programs that allow individuals to be supervised in the community instead of in prison are growing in a way that is not sustainable and is contributing to mass incarceration rather than relieving it.