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Canada’s Criminal (Justice) System

Volume 45, Issue 5: Sept/Oct 2011

Governments in all parts of Canada are expanding prisons and deploying more police despite resounding evidence that these strategies don’t reduce crime, and despite the fact that crime rates are falling anyway. The expansion of the criminal justice system has become a central part of political and economic restructuring in Canada and it demands attention. This special issue of Canadian Dimension contributes to the documentation of what this shift looks like and ways people are resisting it.

Table of Contents


  • Editorial: Boycott, Anti-Boycott
  • Québec Communiqué
  • Rebelles
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • Labour Report
  • Around the Left in 60 Days
  • Harper’s Love Affair with Israel
  • On the Floor

A Punishing Regime: Criminal Justice in Canada

  • Intro
  • Finding Virtue in a Culture of Vengeance
  • 25 to Life or 25,000 for Life?
  • Incarcerating Youth
  • Missing and Murdered
  • Copwatch
  • The Fight for Justice
  • Alternatives to the Criminal Justice System

All That’s Left

  • Mixed Media
  • Media as Insurgent Art
  • Sports
  • Bookmarks
  • On the Edge

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