They say the main reason is that Canada’s birth rate has declined—it’s why government is so focused on increasing immigration. The decline in the birth rate means there are fewer males being born, which in-turn means there are fewer young men committing crimes.
But the problem in provincial jails remains: we're seeing population counts rise six percent every year - something needs to be done. The system is at 150% of capacity and getting worse. This is, dare I say this on behalf of convicted criminals, a human rights issue when you're stacking inmates up like cordwood. And under these conditions inmates are not being rehabilitated - they're being warehoused. That's not what the system is meant to do.
We need significant investment in addictions programs, child welfare, training and retraining programs, apprenticeships, and Aboriginal education to name a few. We're not seeing the level of investment needed, and after cutting taxes like drunken Tories for ten years this current NDP government has no one to blame but itself.
So until the government is willing to invest in programs and services, enjoy getting your cars stolen and remaining the murder capital of Canada.