I was listening to a podcast from BBC Radio recently, and one of the sociologists who was being interviewed noted that between 1975 and 1995, the population of incarcerated persons in the United States has quadrupled. Quadrupled!
Hearing that made me wonder how Canada’s and the United States’ respective justice systems compare.
People use all sorts of statistics when they make claims and arguments. But, how can you verify whether those statistics are accurate? How can you determine whether a number, fact, or figure is simply being invented, or whether it is reflective of reality?
There are many sources to consult, when collecting statistical information. One of the most important is Statistics Canada. Many people don’t realize the wealth of information that is freely available through the Statistics Canada website. The Business, Science and Social Sciences department of the Calgary Public Library uses this resource to answer all sorts of questions! If you need information about where Canadians live, how much money we earn, how we spend our time, and even how we die, then check out the Statistics Canada website.
What other websites do we use? From our homepage, select e-library and then Best Websites. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive list of our favourite websites. They’re reputable, authoritative, and compiled by our expert staff.
By the way, do you know how long - on average - inmates stay in Remand, in Alberta? I do…