The ripple effects of crime and punishment on criminals and their families
During its almost decade in power, Stephen Harper's Conservative government introduced one tough-on-crime bill after another. Many of those bills became law — despite objections at the time.
In certain parts of the country — Ontario and Quebec especially — one of the starkest shifts in the prison population, is that it's getting older. The shifting demographics inside the country's jails have consequences for policy makers, prisoners and society.
Ripple Effect host Anna Maria Tremonti explores the demographic shifts in prisons.
Also in this episode, we meet, Shannon Moroney, who examines how crime hurts families of perpetrators. When Moroney's husband was charged with a violent sexual assault and kidnapping of two women, she became a pariah... blamed and shunned.
In her documentary, In Harms Way, we hear the stories of those thrust into a world of victimization and judgement, and look at the consequences faced by families of perpetrators.