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Crime statistic are wrong, lets make more prisons

Posted in Aggravations, Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I think that politicians in this country have a largely thankless job.  They actually do quite a bit to keep our lives running smoothly, and we never really hear about them unless something goes wrong.  But every once in a while, one of those politicians comes out and says something that makes me wonder if our system for choosing leaders is a little screwed up.

Like today:

Treasury Board President Stockwell Day says that recent crime statistics are inaccurate because they don’t account for crimes that are unreported. Apparently, the government is going to go ahead with spending billions of dollars on new prisons in spite of the evidence suggesting that this expenditure is unnecessary.

I will admit up front that I have no way of knowing whether or not the recent stats are accurate, but what I do know is this:

If even the statistics for reported crimes are inaccurate because they fail to account for unreported crimes, how on earth does Day think that he knows the statistics for those unreported crimes?  And even if he is right… why would we need more prisons to contain the perpetrators of unreported crimes … since those crimes are unreported, nobody will ever be convicted for them!

Someone needs to give Mr. Day a lesson in logic.