A groundbreaking new directive issued by the Federal Prosecution Service of Canada has revised the Government’s approach on simple drug possession offences. Federal Prosecutors are now being told to avoid prosecuting simple drug possession cases, and to focus on alternative restorative solutions, such as drug treatment and programming. The sharp change in policy comes amid calls to decriminalize drug possession and reduce the number of inmates in our jails.
Drug addiction in our community has caused property and violent crime rates in Winnipeg to skyrocket. Jails are overflowing with inmates who have been convicted of simple drug offences, who would benefit more from treatment programs than a jail sentence. This directive is a huge step forward for our country.