Diversion - Text version
This infographic presents data collected via the 2016 (N=1,863) and 2017 (N=2,019 and N=2,027) National Justice Surveys (NJS). In 2017 some questions on diversionFootnote 1 were proceeded by scenarios depicting three persons who could be in the criminal justice system.
Canadians believe that the increase use of diversion could make the criminal justice system:
- 79% more efficient
- 69% more effective
42% diversion the preferred response for anyone accused of non-violent crime (unless specific case elements warrant more restrictive measures).
30% diversion should be used for first time offenders accused of non-violent crime.
- Sexual assault involving a minor
- Reckless discharging a firearm
- Trafficking in opioids while carrying a concealed weapon
52% to 68% favour diversion
A greater use of community-based alternatives to prosecution could:
A pie chart representing 55% with a description below that says: 55% reduce the over-representation of Indigenous people in the CJS.
A pie chart representing 50% with a description below that says: 50% reduce the over-representation of those with mental health and cognitive functioning issues.
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