Pros And Consequences Of The Canadian Justice System

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The Canadian justice system faces controversies set out and displayed in a series of articles by Edward Greenspan, who is a Toronto criminal lawyer and Anthony Doob, who is a professor of criminology at the University of Toronto. The first pointed out that currently The federal government is wanting to reintroduce controversial penalties for the organized crime act that was shot down when the spring election was called, such as minimum sentences for growing marijuana or selling it around youth (Greenspan & Doob, 2011). The second article by the authors discusses the matter of how Canadians in a 1975 United nations conference initiated a process of transferring foreign inmates to their home country, and now as of 2006 the government is turning …show more content…
The first issue seen within the articles is the proposition by the government to impose mandatory minimums for marijuana-related crimes. Mandatory minimums for marijuana offences are counter-productive in policing marijuana and policing drug offences. The problem with mandatory minimums is that they can have a dangerous effect on the courts and prisons, The laws will harm the justice system (Webster, 2011, p.391). By incarcerating 8 to 9 people for drug offences, we spend the same amount of money needed for an additional 12 police officers (Greenspan & Doob, 2011 (A)). The second problem is Placing restrictions on Conditional sentences imposes a strain on families but can also increase costs towards our justice system. Removing the ability to carry …show more content…
What mandatory minimums do to our justice system is counter-productive when it comes to the Canadian courts, the entire discretion that the judge is supposed to hold becomes illuminated. These stiffer laws that Canada wants to be imposed can have a drastic backlash and be met with non-compliance. The minimum sentences would result in more convictions and an overcrowded prison population. The entire justice system could avoid this mess and hire additional police officers to handle the drug problem more strategically and, in the long run, better the more run down neighbourhoods with adequate

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