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.
Cunningham, S. C. (2014). Sentencing and recidivism: The probable lack of success of the Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). Western Undergraduate Psychology Journal, 2 (1). Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wupj/vol2/iss1/6