I have been meaning to look into the crime statistics for sometime. I wanted to examine the reports that crime is falling. I wanted to check if this was true for violent crime and more specifically youth crime.
Well it seems that Lorrie Goldstein has done most of this already in his commentary published in the Sun chain of newspapers today.
The central thrust of his thesis is that crime is way up if you look at the historical trends since crime statistics have been tracked. That is, look back to 1962.
My parents, and grandparents have said this for years, but they are old crotchety smelly old people so they always think that the crime is up. Old people are afraid of the “young thugs”. Turns out they were right.
Perhaps the most telling part of the entire commentary was this quote lifted from a Liberal Solicitor General to the House way back in 1971. Jean-Pierre Goyer was complaining about the high cost of keeping criminals incarcerated. Something present day Liberals and left wing people use as an argument against the Conservative “Tackling Violent Crime” bill.
Mr. Goyer said "The present situation results from the fact that (the) protection of society has received more emphasis than the rehabilitation of inmates. Consequently, we have decided from now on to stress the rehabilitation of offenders, rather than the protection of society."
Yikes. I am sure this is somehow taken out of context :)