Times Colonist: Break into a car, you owe it to the economy

November 2, 2008 at 10:48 am 2 comments

The T/C’s Jack Knox on the insanity that is our justice system. This is why I’m fighting for,

  • An effective Community Court system here in Victoria
  • A permanent and sustainable Con-Air program to end our reputation as a haven for criminals
  • Police funding that supports liaison officers that solve and prevent crime, not merely attend after the fact

These aren’t wild fantasies. They’re realistic goals that are proven successful and are supported by local community leaders.

Entry filed under: Election 2008, social issues.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yule Heibel  |  November 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Knox’s column was spot-on again, as usual. I have to add that his quote of Capron’s email at one point made me think about the people who advocate legalizing all sorts of currently illegal drugs:

    “In conclusion,” Capron wrote, “I recommend legalizing auto theft because of the economic benefits it creates to taxpayers and tax collectors. The only person who gets screwed is the victim.”

    I know it’s a separate issue, but that sort of parroted “rationality” did strike me as a hit against the “legalize everything” crowd who think that’s the way we should solve social justice issues as well as crime issues.

    But back to the subject at hand, namely the current justice system’s revolving door: there have to be consequences — like natural consequences in child-rearing — otherwise, there’s no meaningful feedback system. To withhold meaningful feedback from biological systems is cruel and effectively amounts to unusual punishment. Without meaningful feedback, a person may just as well hit the delete button. And what’s the point in that?

  • 2. Yule Heibel  |  November 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    And yes, to return to practicality (vs philosophy — sorry, I got sidetracked): I concur with the excellent practical suggestions you include in your post.


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