Federal Cuts for Sex Offender Circles Poses Risk to Public
06 Mar, 2014
The statistics show that the aided re-integration of sex offenders upon their release from the penitentiary has dramatically lowered the risks of recidivism. What happens when the Harper government shuts down the funding to this crucial part of building a stronger and safer community?
Over $2 million has been given annually to Circles that have seen many success stories in reducing the rates that sex offenders commit these types of crimes again. The fact that now sex offenders will not be able to receive this social support and accountability puts the general population at risk. There are over 150 high-risk sex offenders taking part in the Circles program around Canada, and without the proper support to help them find work, housing, and avoid life patterns that could lead back to offending, this can pose a serious problem.
Many are questioning the lack of Harper’s ability to realize what the consequences of cutting this funding will be.
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