What Manitoba politicians said:'I believe we are all at the provincial and city level seized of the need to provide a greater sense of real security for people in the area and that means having more police present in the neighbourhood. We'd be very pleased to see additional resources and our money is on the table to do that'
'There's a short-term challenge that needs to be met through suppression, which mean more police officers on the street and more rigorous approach to prosecutions, but over the long run it's quite clear that there are too many kids in circumstances where they are getting caught up in this sort of activity'
'I think there are many other cities that have had the experience that if you can allow the police officers to be out of their car and actually speak with residents they can find out pretty quickly who's really creating trouble in a community, who may be the followers and who really needs to be observed.Right now, of course, police are talking to residents. I don't want that to happen just after an incident. We want that happening ongoing'
Also, the longer a prison sentence is, the less likely that individual will be able to successfully reintegrate into society as they become dependent and institutionalized, where they have no responsibility skills, independence skills, life skills, stress management, dealing with life challenges, no rehabilitation, or decision making skills. They become unable to function on the outside world and become more likely to resort to crime.