Canadians expect our justice system to properly punish those who commit crimes, particularly serious crimes. Unfortunately, the sentences handed out by courts have gotten lighter and lighter.
Police openly complain that gang members are caught then immediately turned back into society to wreak more havoc. Laws restrict the ability of police to identify and interrogate gang members.
If we are to maintain our civil society, then it is imperative that serious crimes imply serious sentences.
Get Criminals off the Street and Out of Society
Until 1967, a murderer in Canada could expect to be put to death. There was a serious deterrent to committing serious crime. Now a murderer can have a reasonable expectation of one day being released back into society.
Where the evidence is overwhelmingly strong, obvious and evident in the case of murder or violent rape, the perpetrator should face the death penalty. Where the evidence does not meet this very high legal bar, then the death penalty should not apply.
The reason that drugs find their ways into our communities and schools is that the dealers who push the drugs are never given sentences severe enough to act as a deterrent or to keep them off the streets for very long. This needs to change.
Any criminal convicted of dealing illegal drugs must be removed from society for a considerable period of time. In this way there is both a deterrent and a method of ensuring that such criminals cease to roam around our communities.
It is well known that Canada’s court system is slow and expensive. The time needed to complete trials needs to decrease and so does the cost. Lawyers are certainly happy with the status quo, but Canadians who are subjected to the system are not.
We need to streamline the justice system so that Canadians are better served.
One of the biggest complaints by Canadian police are restrictions imposed upon their ability to act against known or prospective gang members on the street.
This must change so that they are given discretion to act decisively and swiftly, particularly when illegal weapons and drugs are involved.
The peace of our inner cities will continue to degrade unless our approach to law enforcement is changed right now.
Canadians have been misled for decades into thinking that the primary purpose of prisons is to correct inmates. On the contrary, the primary purpose is to punish criminal acts and to physically remove criminals from society so that they can no longer do any further harm.
It is time to stop playing games by thinking that prisons “correct” criminals. It’s fine if that happens in rare occasions. But let’s acknowledge that criminals are sent to prison for punishment and isolation.