Effects Of Mass Incarceration In Canada

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Mass Incarceration Problem in Canada
Mass incarceration is a growing reality in Canada. Our national incarceration rate reached an all-time high in 2012, with the “tough on crime” policy agenda of the federal government then in power bringing about unprecedented levels of mass incarceration (textbook). This paper will articulate on mass incarceration and the criminal law system that shows important characteristics in the Canadian legal system that are rendered within the context of over incarceration. Therefore, this paper argues that the mass incarceration is a problem in Canada and that they should address a change in the criminal law. Over incarceration is a value judgement, meaning that there is too much (video 4). Law and order perspectives might say that in fact that the higher the incarceration rate reflects being tough on crime. Advocates of “tough on crime” approaches are convinced that crimes should be punished by harsh penalties and tough prison
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Therefore, prisoners who are sentenced for life must remain in prison and will eventually die a natural cause. While the overall numbers of prisoners incarcerated in Canada alone are themselves cause for concern, the demographics of those population ages. Large number of Canadian prisons are now senior citizens and many with health problems related to advancing age. Furthermore, Canada’s prison population is not representative of demographics of Canada as a country. Aboriginal people are disproportionately represented and this disproportion is not going away but is rather increasing. It is problematic that people get thrown into jail even for minor offences because the government do not separate prisoners unless they commit an extreme crime. If little offenders are being put in jail, then officers might just be going after anyone who fits in the requirements of an image of someone in jail rather than an actual serious

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