The Juristat Reader is intended as a supplemental text for Canadian university and college students taking courses in the fields of criminology, law and justice. It is also intended for practitioners in these fields wanting a single reference source for justice statistics.
This text includes an introductory article on the Canadian legal system. Also included is an overview article that addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about crime and justice in Canada:
- Are police-reported crime rates increasing?
- Are reported crimes rates higher in big cities?
- Are firearms frequently used to commit violent crimes?
- What are the most common offences brought to the criminal courts?
- How long does it take for cases to move through the court system?
- What proportion of adult criminal cases result in conviction?
- What proportion of adult convictions result in a prison sentence?
- How many adults are in custody or under some form of correctional supervision?
- With what offences are youth most likely to be charged?
- What type of sentences do young offenders receive?
- How much does policing cost?
The Juristat Reader is invaluable resource for anyone interested in or connected with the justice system in Canada.