The Church Council on Justice and Corrections consults on public policy as part of its mandate to shine a light on restorative approaches to justice and corrections. Our consultation work reflects our values of justice, healing, love, mercy, forgiveness, peace, compassion, dignity, fairness, trust and non-violence. We act in consultation with our stakeholders and member denominations, but as an independent and ecumenical council, CCJC’s submissions may not necessarily represent the views of all our member bodies.
Part of CCJC’s mandate is to invest in policies that can effectively address victims’ needs and help reduce crime and re-offending. There is now a strong body of evidence that increasing incarceration does not do that. It also incurs costs in prison construction, including financial burdens on the provinces, which take away tax dollars from other programs and services proven to be of more value for all Canadians as well as for crime prevention.