Vaughn Palmer: B.C.’s justice system is not broken, but it’s not perfect, says deputy attorney general
VICTORIA — The head of the B.C. prosecution service says politicians and media outlets focusing on prolific offenders and random violence are creating a false impression about crime rates that could undermine confidence in the justice system.
“Politicians at all levels, along with some police officers, members of the public, and media outlets have voiced repeated concerns about public safety, ‘prolific offenders’, and random acts of violence,” wrote assistant deputy attorney general Peter Juk in a recent defence of the system.
“This appears to have led to perceptions that the overall crime rate is up across B.C.”
On the contrary says Juk in the Sept. 8 missive: “Overall crime rates in B.C. are about as low as they have been in many years.”
Juk took particular exception to “catch and release” as a way of characterizing a system where chronic offenders are arrested and released without bail to offend again.