There’s plenty to talk about this week on Alberta Primetime’s Wednesday night crime panel. Host Jefferson Humprheys and youth justice advocate Mark Cherrington will be in the Edmonton studio, joined by defence lawyer David Andrews and me in Calgary. Here’s what we’re slated to discuss:
- The domestic conflict response team, a newly-formed unit pairing Calgary police officers and social workers. The squad is designed to get help for families in conflict before the situation escalates into violence.
- An examination of the controversial long gun registry as the federal government moves forward with plans to scrap it. Statistics show domestic homicides committed with long guns have decreased — is the government abolishing a valuable public safety tool for the sake of political expediency?
- The federal government is closing several inmate-operated farms at prisons across the country, including one at Bowden Institution in central Alberta. The farms were intended to teach usable skills and work ethic to inmates, yet a government that proclaims itself tough on crime is shutting them down.
(Alberta Primetime airs live at 7 p.m. MST on Access TV: Channel 13 in Calgary; Channel 351 on Bell TV; Channel 267 on Shaw Direct/Star Choice. You can visit the show’s segment archive to view past discussions about crime and other topics.)