Combating BC Gang Violence!
Barry Artiste Op/Ed
Since hearing that British Columbia is now the Gang Capital of Canada, to go along with the title of British Columbia "BC Criminal Superpower" Government Lawmakers should be quite proud of themselves with this "Prestigeous Distinction".
This Distinction should also speak volumes on our Governments "Crime and Punishment Policy", when Courts consistently let criminals out on bail, or give credit to time served.
This Distinction should also speak on BCs Attorney General Wally Oppals Performance Record and his Judges! I put it this way. if you and I performed so dismal in our Jobs, we would soon be ushered out and wearing paper hats in our next profession.
I urge voters in the spring election to do the same to this government, or at the very least ensure these Political Wonks get off their Flabby Asses and Do something, instead of Grandstanding in front of the Media.
The only way to Change our Lack of Criminal Laws is at the Polls for this springs election, failure to do otherwise makes us just as incompetent as the Government Policymakers.
Politicians of all parties did very little for decades in their Navel Gazing, Do nothing attempts and Rhetoric at a Horrific Problem.
If it were up to me, my Solution would be to build a dozen Penitentiaries in the Remote Frozen Tundra of the Arctic, prisoners get no visitors, no TV, no internet, no exercise equipment except a shovel for moving snowbanks.
I would then hire Inuit (Eskimoes) and give then $10,000.00 a head as a bounty on any escapees "Dead or Alive!" Considering the economy, I surmise there would be igloos circling the prison.
If the Inuit miss em, the Polars Bears wouldn't. Far Fetched, perhaps, but a viable deterrent!
A second solution would be to set up Prisons staffed solely by our Military, sort of like a Gitmo North, the prisoners would get the bare necessities, lots of marching and military drill! It would be cheaper than sending out Troops to war, when we already have a war to fight at home!
Combating gang violence requires more prevention to go along with policing
February 17, 2009
When you craft criminal justice policy during an outbreak of gang violence, or in the run-up to an election campaign, you're bound to propose a lot of stop-gap measures designed to allay public fears, rather than to rid the streets of gang violence.
If, on the other hand, your criminal justice policy is the product of careful thought and painstaking research, then it is likely to make a real difference at street level. Since the B.C. government's recent proposals regarding guns and gangs are the products of both thoughtful research and the current panic over gang violence, they include measures that can help to suppress gang activity, but they also clearly emphasize responding to violence rather than preventing it.
As far as the positive measures are concerned, the province will almost double the number of police officers dedicated to eradicating gangs, and an additional 10 Crown prosecutors will focus on organized crime. This is welcome development, because, as Statistics Canada reported in 2006, fewer than half of gang killings are solved by police.
Gangsters have been literally getting away with murder, and the only way to stop this is to ensure we have sufficient officers and prosecutors devoted to organized crime, and to ensure that they are sufficiently integrated and coordinated.
Ensuring that there are sufficient and sufficiently coordinated police officers could also act as a preventive measure, in that they could help suppress gang activity, thereby stopping violence before it happens.