Guest speaker- Michael Martin
- He has worked as a federal parole officer and for Statistics Canada. His main focus has
been to focus on justice and crime statistics.
Crime and justice in Canada: Thinking about the data
- “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” (popularized by Mark
Twain, but the exact origin of the phrase is unknown). Statistics have the power to
mislead as well as to inform. Judgment, an open mind and a critical eye are essential tools
in a modern world where statistic are within everyone’s reach but not within everyone’s
CCJS Canadian Center for Justice Statistics
- The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics is a division of Statistics Canada.
- The data collection is governed by the Statistics Act and Statistics Canada policies and
procedures. Confidentiality is paramount and protected under the Statistics Act and
Privacy Act. Once the statistics are received they are confidential (even though they are
publically available on the website).
- CCJS is the operating arm of the National Justice Statistics Initiative (NJSI). There are
currently about 5,500 people working in this division.
Mandate of national justice stats initiative
- The Mandate of National Justice Statistics Initiative is to provide information to the
justice community and the public on the nature and extent of crime and the administration
of criminal and civil justice in Canada.
Police reported crime: what is being measured?
- The documented and reported results of an administrative process
• Criminal incidents that are known to the Police Deviance
The public are reporting to the police
That the justice system is generating itself (e.g. vice, administration of justice
- Alot of things happen to that crime because it becomes a statistic
• Reported incidents documented by the police
• Documented incidents that have been classified according to counting rules
• Classified incidents that are statistically reco