For Immediate Release
March 12, 2012
As a national voice for the social work profession, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is seriously concerned at the lack of balance the Government of Canada is choosing to take in its approach to the Canadian criminal justice system.
“With the passing of C-10 omnibus bill, the Harper Government has demonstrated no regard for rational and evidenced based experience of social workers, other professionals, as well as jurisdictions that have moved away from mandatory minimums due to escalating prison costs with no correlating benefit of reduced crime or rehabilitation of offenders” states CASW President, Morel Caissie.
To balance the self-imposed expedited approach to reshaping the Canadian justice system, CASW trusts that the Harper Government will, with an equal sense of urgency, commitment additional ongoing funds in Budget 2012-13 to support the rehabilitation of both victims and offenders.
“To impose this type of structural change to the Canadian criminal justice system without correlating financial support for prison expansion and rehabilitation is not simply an off-loading of responsibility but highly irresponsible” states Caissie.
For more information:
Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW