I think if you stopped 10 Canadians on the street and asked about how to deal with sex offenders, nine of them would say lock 'em up and throw away the key.
But the inconvenient truth is most eventually will be released and it's in the public interest to ensure they don't victimize anyone again.
So why is Ottawa cutting funding for a program that apparently helps reduce significantly the rate of reoffending?
The Edmonton Journal is the latest outlet to report the slash in the government's contribution to Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA), a volunteer-run program operating for two decades and praised by corrections officials for its effectiveness.
“We would have trouble overstating the severity”of the situation, Scott Drennan, the program co-ordinator in Edmonton, told the Journal.
According to the Huffington Post, the program was getting $2.2 million in federal funding each year. But at the end of this month, it will lose $560,000, with the balance cut by September.
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