Charted: Canadian and UK crime and criminal systems

Source: United Nations, International Statistics on Crime and Justice

Select Crimes, by Population

Prosecutions, Convictions & Police Officers, 2006

Prosecutors & Judges, by latest year available.

What’s the point of this? I suppose it’s to suggest that, all things considered, perhaps the current UK Criminal Justice System isn’t something for Canada to emulate. A nation’s crime rate isn’t simply a reflection of how many police, prosecutors and judges it has, of course. There are many factors. Nor is it meant to suggest the courts in British Columbia can’t be improved. Harvey Oberfeld has a good post on this today.

But we shouldn’t model our response to a single incident in this country on a single incident in another country.