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Western Undergraduate Psychology Journal

Abstract

This paper provides a brief summary of the existing literature on sentencing, intervention strategies and recidivism in Canadian offenders, and challenges the reasoning behind the Safe Streets and Communities Act. There is a wealth of research suggesting that harsher sentences are associated with an increased risk of recidivism, and that community-based sentences may play a role in the reduction of re-offending, especially in young offenders. Despite this, the recently introduced Safe Streets and Communities Act introduced policy that will lead to increased sentences for many offenders. This could result in a reversal of the declining Canadian crime rate.


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