Ending the Justice System’s Revolving Door Delivers Results
July 11, 2012
On Wednesday, the Harper Government announced that by ending the revolving door of Canada’s justice system, and by keeping dangerous criminals in prison longer, the Correctional Service of Canada has seen a reduction in individuals relapsing back into crime.
The Harper Government’s tough-on-crime legislation ensures that repeat, serious and dangerous offenders stay in jail longer.
Today’s announcement means that due to the reduction in crime relapses, Correctional Service Canada will be able to return close to $1.48 billion that will benefit hard-working, law-abiding citizens. Recouping these funds is yet another example of our Government’s continued efforts to return to a balanced budget, along with our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of law-abiding citizens.
Meanwhile, the NDP has falsely accused our Government of having plans to build all kinds of new prisons. Senior NDP MP Peter Julian even said that one bill alone would cost $19 billion, plus billions in ongoing costs. Clearly, Mr. Julian’s exaggerated accusation was quite wrong.
The Harper Government has not, and will not, build new prisons. Instead, we’re taking the right action to help keep our streets and communities safe for Canadians and their families.