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Fearmonger : Stephen Harper's tough-on-crime agenda /
Paula Mallea.
imprint
Toronto : Lorimer, c2011.
description
229 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1552778983, 9781552778982
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imprint
Toronto : Lorimer, c2011.
isbn
1552778983
9781552778982
catalogue key
8755858
 
Also issued in electronic format.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Despite the statistics indicating that crime rates, including violent crime, have been declining over the last twenty years, Stephen Harper and his government insists Canada needs to get "tough on crime." Mallea explains how this is really "tough on taxpayers" who will pay for the incarceration of ever-greater numbers of people."
Fearmongershould be a must-read for all of us.
Mallea's recently published book portrays the Harper government as being obsessed with crime...She predicts the stubborn attitude will take a huge toll on the country.
"...an outstanding overview of recently passed and proposed crime legislation. Written in an accessible manner while reflecting the author's own extensive background in criminal law, this analysis picks apart each of the Conservative crime agenda's multi-pronged proposals based on an objective, reality-based approach that can hardly be accused of partisanship. Rather, Mallea cobbles together research, expert voices and common sense refutations that illustrate how an indefinite increase in punishment for punishment's sake will in fact make society less safe and cost untold billions in the process."
"...a comprehensive attack on the Conservative government's crime agenda dating back to 2006, including many proposals that appear destined to become law in 2012...While centred on recent events, the relevance of Mallea's critique extends well into the future."
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Main Description
Fearmongeris the first comprehensive independent analysis of the "tough on crime" policies and legislation being implemented by the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper. According to Statistics Canada, all crime rates -- including violent crime -- have been trending downward over the last twenty years. Yet the Harper government continues to insist Canadians are in the midst of a crime epidemic. This is their rationale for spending billions on new prisons, and for legislation that will put thousands more behind bars and increase the likelihood that young Canadians will have criminal records.In this book, author Paula Mallea lays out the evidence that contradicts the government's claims. "Tough on Crime is actually lazy on crime," says Mallea. "It is certainly tough on taxpayers. A better approach is to be smart on crime." The Harper approach has been widely used in the United States, where governments are now turning away from measures which costs billions while producing few or no measurable benefits. Fearmongeroffers the research and the evidence that the Harper government's approach to criminal law and imprisonment is driven by ideology and not by concern for protecting the public from crime.
Main Description
According to Statistics Canada, all crime rates -- including violent crime -- have been trending downward over the last twenty years. Yet the Harper government continues to insist Canadians are in the midst of a crime epidemic. This is their rationale for spending billions on new prisons, and for legislation that will put thousands more behind bars and increase the likelihood that young Canadians will have criminal records. In this book, author Paula Mallea lays out the evidence that contradicts the government's claims. "Tough on Crime is actually lazy on crime," says Mallea. "It is certainly tough on taxpayers. A better approach is to be smart on crime." The Harper approach has been widely used in the United States, where governments are now turning away from measures which cost billions while producing few or no measurable benefits. Fearmongeris a compelling critique of the financial as well as the human costs of the Harper tough-on-crime agenda.
Main Description
According to Statistics Canada, all crime rates—including violent crime—have been trending downward over the last twenty years. Yet the Harper government continues to insist that Canadians are in the midst of a crime epidemic. In response, the Tories have introduced “tough-on-crime” legislation that they say will make our streets safer.Expert Paula Mallea flatly disputes the government’s claim, stating that harsher prisons and mandatory minimum sentences will not have the effect the Conservatives are hoping for. Instead, the result will simply be skyrocketing costs and the incarceration of ever-greater numbers of people. Many of these offenders will be small-time players who will serve serious mandatory sentences for off ences like the possession of six marijuana plants. “Tough on Crime is actually Lazy on Crime,” says Mallea. “It is certainly Tough on Taxpayers. A better approach is to be thoughtful on Crime or Smart on Crime.”Fearmonger is a compelling critique of the fi nancial as well as the human costs of Stephen Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda.
Main Description
According to Statistics Canada, all crime rates — including violent crime — have been trending downward over the last twenty years. Yet the Harper government insists that Canadians are in the midst of a crime epidemic. In response, the Tories have introduced "tough-on-crime" legislation that they say will make our streets safer. Billions will be spent putting tens of thousands more in prison.Expert Paula Mallea examines the evidence concerning the impact and effects of the government's strategy. She finds that harsher prisons and mandatory minimum sentences will not have the effect the Tories are hoping for. Instead, the result will be skyrocketing costs and the incarceration of ever-greater numbers of people. These new offenders will not be major crime figures, according to Mallea, but small players whose arrests will paradoxically help clear the way for organized crime. "Tough on Crime is actually Lazy on Crime," says Mallea. "It is certainly Tough on Taxpayers. A better approach is to be Thoughtful on Crime or Smart on Crime." Fearmonger is a compelling critique of the financial as well as the human costs of the Harper tough-on-crime agenda.

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