Criminal justice costs rise in last decade

Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa July 21, 2011. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY FILE)

Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa July 21, 2011. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY FILE)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

OTTAWA -- A new report raises questions about opposition accusations the provinces are incurring the lion's share of correctional costs because of the Conservative law-and-order agenda.

A study of the criminal justice system by the Parliamentary Budget Officer showed that in 2002 the feds had 53% of expenditures for corrections compared to 47% for provinces and territories.

In 2012, the federal share jumped to 58% compared to 42%.

The report said costs for corrections, policing and courts have jumped 23% while reported crime fell by a corresponding rate over the decade.


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