Editor: NANCY WRIGHT
By Irving Kulik, CCJA Executive Director
CCJA: Looking back on 99 years
By Irving Kulik
Canadian Journal of Criminology
and Criminal Justice
Looking at some CCJA Policy Highlights
over the Years
By Irving Kulik
Provincial Associations, CCJA Affiliates
By Nancy Wright
CCJA Justice Report: 2012-2016
By Nancy Wright
Much of this article is borrowed liberally from the research work of Dr. Yeager, currently a professor at Western, the University of Western Ontario, who prepared the publication The First 75 Years: A History of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association 1919 to 1994. CCJA has played a vital and prominent role in the development of modern correctional and criminal justice thought and policy from its beginnings to this day. Leading up to CCJA’s centenary by looking at the past 99 years, this article examines some of CCJA’s accomplishments commencing with the early days. There is much to be thankful for, much to be proud of—but, also very much more that needs to be done to ensure a Canadian criminal justice system that bases its public policy first and foremost on research and evidence.
The Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA) Policy Review Committee (PRC) is the CCJA’s principal committee for the discussion of criminal justice policy and legislation. It has been in existence for over two decades, with a mandate to explore, analyze, critique and develop CCJA positions on various issues, events, programs, policies, legislation and emerging trends relating to the Canadian criminal justice system. In order to fulfil its mandate, the PRC closely monitors the work of Parliament and the relevant federal departments and provincial ministries, like Public Safety Canada, Justice Canada and the various ministries of the Attorney General.
Pointing out that the Association has demonstrated enduring and consistent leadership over time with respect to specific policy areas, CCJA Executive Director Irving Kulik zeros in on two of the critical issues on which the Association holds long-standing viewpoints: Parole and Youth Justice. CCJA’s nine position papers, compiled in a volume entitled Points de Vue (on Criminal Justice Issues), are available upon request (email@example.com). This article takes the reader through numerous briefs and other forms of policy advice since 1956 on Parole and 1963 on Youth Justice. Given the vast improvements that have taken place on these issues, Kulik attributes some credit to the Association when it comes to advances in youth justice in Canada. Kulik laments the fact that a single unfortunate event played up by media can cause history to repeat itself when it comes to parole policy, as witnessed by calls for abolition of Statutory Release as recently as ten years ago. In the same vein, Kulik applauds the great progress in Canada’s treatment of youth in conflict with the law, and the Association’s contributions, but also points out that exploitation of crime by media is so great as warrant an effective public education program on crime and its control.
PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATIONS, CCJA AFFILIATES & PARTNERS
Provincial Associations, CCJA Affiliates & Partners
CCJA has affiliates in most Canadian provinces, is a founder and member of NAACJ (National Associations Active in Criminal Justice) and enjoys a strong working relationship with the Société de criminologie du Québec. CCJA also holds official affiliation agreements with ACA (American Correctional Association), ACJS (Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences) and ICPA (International Corrections and Prisons Association). The activities and events of CCJA affiliates and partners will be featured in special sections of the Justice Report throughout 2019 to celebrate our centennial and increase the visibility of our justice footprint. To get involved in your province, contact the relevant association. To discuss creating an affiliate in a currently unrepresented province or territory, contact CCJA Executive Director Irving Kulik.
The Justice Report is read by over 700 CCJA members and some 25 subscribing libraries make it available to readers straight across the country. In 2012, we created a more accessible magazine style for the Justice Report (JR) and began offering professional editing services to offset significant time constraints faced by potential contributors. The editing services also facilitated the later creation of a student space that has made the magazine an increasingly popular and unique publishing destination for undergrad and college students. In 2017, thanks to Heritage Canada funding, CCJA was able to create an online version of the Justice Report, give the publication a more modern look, and introduce an interview section. The first interview was in issue 32.2 with Toronto’s Jay Mandarino, a philanthropist and owner of the fourth largest skateboard park in the world in his city. Issues 32.1-32.4 (2017) are now available online at www.JusticeReport.ca. New issues are accessible to members/subscribers and are made available to the public six months following publication. CCJA congratulates all contributors for making the Justice Report a diverse, informative and timely publication.
Opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the Association’s views, but are included to encourage reflection and action on the criminal justice system throughout Canada.