Myth or Reality?
Canada has a much smaller number of people locked up in prisons than in the US because
Canada’s population is much smaller.
Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976 – evidence, according to many observers, of a
commitment to the concepts of justice and rehabilitation
Canada has been successful in the last decade in its attempts to lower the incarceration rate
among Aboriginal Canadians, such that today there is little in the way of disproportional
representation in Canadian prisons across race, ethnicity and gender.
Canada is considered a world-leader by some in terms of gender-specific and ethnicity-specific
punishment, as well as in terms of rehabilitating (treating) offenders.
Canadian law and social norms insure there could never be a Guantanamo Bay style prison (that
is, indefinite detention without warrant and sometimes without judicial review)
What is the Criminal Justice System?