RESPONDING TO OUR READERS — A Closer Look At Crime In Canada and The USA
THIS ARTICLE IS A REPLY TO SEVERAL QUESTIONS WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM READERS.
In one of our most read articles, How Canada Would Deal With The Elkhart 4, we argue that Curtis Hill was not truthful when he announced his decision to pursue felony murder charges against The Elkhart 4. He stated “People breaking into homes when there is someone there or someone not there, it has to stop and from our stand point we are going to use every available measure under the law to stop it.” We do not believe this argument. We argued that if long harsh prison sentences worked the USA would be the safest country in the world given the huge rate of incarceration in the USA compared with other western democracies. We also argue that Curtis Hill’s motivation in charging were based on political advantage.
One of the statistics we have discussed in great detail is comparing the 2013 murder rates in Toronto Canada and Marion County Indianapolis. Toronto has a current population of about 2.7 million residents and Marion County’s current population is about 920 000. As of writing this on September 17, 2013 Toronto has had 42 homicides and Marion County has had 98.
We have received pushback from our readers in our decision to compare these two cities. Arguments put forward by our readers talk about diversity and liberalism. We have also been attacked for these statistics on other forums. We stand by our initial writing.
This morning and article appeared online about Chicago becoming the murder capital of the USA. The article listed 15 cities (including Indianapolis) which passed the 100 number of murders in 2012.
This got us thinking . . . we decided to list the top 10 cities in Canada and the USA by 2012 population and by the number of murders in 2012. We then calculated how many murders there were per 100 000. Here are our results.
The rate of murders between Canada and the USA in the top 10 cities is startling and convincing. The murder rate in the USA is much higher. In the USA something is going right in San Diego and in Canada there is a concern in Winnipeg. If you compare the murder rate between the USA and other countries you will find the same difference in data (except for Mexico and Estonia) Here is a chart which shows the murder rater per 100 000 people in several countries. As you can see Canada is significantly lower than the USA.
So what are the differences?
Canada does not have the felony murder rule. Canada rarely charges people under the age of 18 as adults. Canada, especially for juveniles attempts redemption.
The USA on the other hand likes to send people to prison for a large amount of time. Here are the stats.
This is not to say there are not problems in Canada, but there are some successes. Can we not learn form those successes? Why is their murder rate lower? Why are their streets safer even though they don’t need to have a massive industrial prison complex?
Most importantly has Curtis Hill and the politicians in Indiana made any attempt to look at what is going on in places like Canada to see if they can use some of their strategies as they try to make the community safer.
We strongly believe that the actions of Mr. Hill in the Elkhart 4 case reflect a politician desperate for political success who is ignoring clear evidence that the criminal justice system is failing. Mr. Hill’s tenure as Elkhart County Prosecutor has been permanently stained by his actions in this case. In his ongoing quest for political success he has decided to forego redemption for The Elkhart 4. This is a shameful legacy!
Most US Cities Murder Numbers: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/19/fbi-chicago-officially-america-murder-capital/
OTHER US CITIES MURDER NUMBERS
CANADIAN CITIES MURDER NUMBERS
Mississauga and Brampton — http://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/3095158-city-had-three-murders-in-2012/
Chart comparing murders per 100 000 people: http://www.civitas.org.uk/crime/crime_stats_oecdjan2012.pdf