Our criminal justice system shouldn’t be risk averse. Here’s why.
By Chris Hay, Executive Director, John Howard Society of Alberta We live in a risk averse society, where we are disinclined or reluctant to take risks. As a result, we create things in society that are risk averse, such as our current criminal justice system. An argument might be made that there are reasons why…Read More
Want to reduce crime? Reduce risk factors.
by Chris Hay, Executive Director, John Howard Society of Alberta What are risk factors? Risk factors are factors in people’s lives that increase the likelihood that they will commit crimes and become involved in the criminal justice system. There are many risk factors, including but not limited to: low education poverty mental illness drug and alcohol use…Read More
3 Reasons Why Deterrence Doesn’t Work
by Chris Hay, Executive Director, John Howard Society of Alberta This blog entry is a continuation of our recent discussion about deterrence. Previously, we talked about the purpose of our criminal justice system and how it seems to be based on the concept of deterrence and how this might be a mistake. Here are the reasons why.…Read More
Does deterrence work?
by Chris Hay, Executive Director, John Howard Society of Alberta What is the purpose of the criminal justice system? Does it exist for rehabilitation? For changing behavior? For societal protection? For show? For the creation of safer communities? For punishment? For deterrence? One could argue that it is here for each of these and possibly…Read More