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MCC and Bill C-10

MCC Canada News Release
11/04/2011

WINNIPEG, Man -- Mennonite Central Committee  (MCC) continues to express concern over  Bill C-10, the federal government’s Safe Streets and Communities Act.

The bill, sometimes referred to as the federal government's "omnibus crime bill," proposes a number of changes to several laws and mostly focuses on the punishment of wrongdoers.

MCC’s many years of experience in the field of restorative justice suggest that communities are not made safer by such an approach, but through community-based crime prevention and rehabilitation strategies.

In late September MCC sent a letter to Canada’s justice minister, expressing its concerns over the bill. More recently, Wilma Derksen, founder and past coordinator of MCC’s Victims’ Voice program, made a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights which was hearing submissions relating to Bill C-10.

As a parent of a murdered child, she questioned the priorities of the proposed crime legislation and spoke about the importance of the government supporting initiatives that create safer communities through addressing root causes of crime, supporting victims of crime and helping ex-offenders reintegrate into the community.

Wilma Derksen’s statement

MCC’s letter to Canada’s Minister of Justice

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