In 2010-2011, of the 163,000 adults sentenced in Canada, 23% were incarcerated while 77% were under community supervision (parole, probation, etc.). Tens of thousands more are also supervised while on bail as their cases move through the courts. Community-based punishments include strict conditions that individuals must abide by. These conditions and their monitoring have become increasingly punitive in recent years under the guise of “public safety” and “getting tough on crime”, both provincially and federally. Non-compliance often leads to imprisonment and/or new criminal charges.
A public forum on community-based punishments with participation by Deepan Budlakoti and others who have been or are on a community supervision order, loved ones of those affected by community supervision, front-line service workers, etc.
Organized by the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project