Crime and Punishment
By Mark Kennedy on Mar 16 2008, last modified on Dec 20 2008.
Call me old but when I grew up, we didn't lock our doors and we didn't worry about how safe we were walking the streets. I could safely take the bus to stanley park by myself or with friends at 8 years old. Those days are long gone and now my 8 year old cannot safely walk to school…
Call me old but when I grew up, we didn't lock our doors and we didn't worry about how safe we were walking the streets. I could safely take the bus to stanley park by myself or with friends at 8 years old. Those days are long gone and now my 8 year old cannot safely walk to school without supervision.
I recently listed to a radio news program where the guest had statistics that said 8 of the top 10 most dangerous communities are in BC. Of course statistics can be skewed to support positions but this was a simple how many per capita analysis. BC toped out in things like murders, assault and property crime.
Many of the callers into the host and guest suggested the problem was due to poor sentencing and the catch and release policy of BC judges. The concept presented was that stricter punishment is a deterrent to crime.
I strongly disagree! this viewpoint is just another symptom focused response. spending money on policing and jails does not solve the problem. It just fills jails and employes policemen.
The solution is in curing the need for crime not in fixing the symptoms. If just one statistician looked at the rise in drug commerce and crime I am positive they would find a direct parallel. Yet no one ever speaks about the two issue together.
Yes when I was young there was drugs, yes people made money from the drug trade. But, drugs were not the path to riches or violence, they were a recreational pastime. Not so today, BC bud is one of the largest contributor to our economy. Payment for BC drugs is not always in the form of cash, it is frequently repaid in other drugs and guns.
I am not advocating any specific solutions, I am saying we must stop denying that acceptance of so called soft drugs doesn't lead to hard problems. Time to tie the symptom to the cause and work on the cure! Let's get real! and speak truthfully about a real problem drugs and the economy that is created by them.