criminal justice

criminal justice


Submissions to the Standing Committee on Bill C-46 An Act to Amend the Criminal Code in Respect of Production of Records in Sexual Offence Proceedings, March 1997; 68p. ISBN:0-895996-26-0

NAWL congratulates the government for attempting to curb the damaging effects of recent Supreme Court decisions (Behariell and O’Connor). NAWL makes some practical suggestions for improvement. NAWL consulted very thoroughly with front line groups to develop its position.

Section 213 of the Criminal Code – Prostitution, March 1991; 5p. ISBN:0-92904959-4

This brief was written in response to recommendations by the Committee on Justice and the Solicitor General to make prostitution an indictable offence, in order to permit fingerprinting of all prostitutes. Happily, the federal government agreed with NAWL’s comments, and did not implement the Committee’s recommendation.


Women and Sentencing, December 1990; 6p. ISBN:0-929049-57-8

Written in response to a consultation paper by the Department of Justice on directions for reform, this brief contains NAWL’s views on sentencing and corrections.

Prostitution: Bill C-49 Four Years Later, Brief submitted to the Standing Committee of Justice and Solicitor General, December 1989; 17p. ISBN:0-929049-49-7

Outlines NAWL’s concerns with the 1985 anti-soliciting law. Prostitutes’ safety and enforcement inequities between prostitutes and their customers are highlighted. Also shows how the law did not achieve the purpose for which it was enacted which was to clean up Canadian streets. NAWL advocates decriminalization of soliciting.

Bill C-49: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Prostitution), by Brenda Cox-Graham, October 1985; 10p. ISBN:0-920853-62-5

States that government concern with traffic congestion, nuisance and the quality of neighbourhood life ignores the real problems of drug trafficking, pimping and juvenile prostitution. Emphasizes NAWL’s position that use of the Criminal Code is not the answer and that the economic and social causes of prostitution must be addressed instead.

Recommendations in Regard to Pornography in the Fraser Report and to the Government’s Discussion Paper on the Report of the Special Committee on Pornography & Prostitution, October 1985; 16p. ISBN:0-920853-42-0

Supports the recommendations in the Fraser Report, with appropriate modifications, and criticizes the government’s discussion paper for neglecting to address the recommendations in the Fraser Report.

Freedom From Harm or Freedom of Speech? A Feminist Perspective on the Regulation of Pornography, by Jillian Ridington. February 1983; 72p. ISBN:0-920853-03-X

A careful analysis of the definition of pornography as well as a discussion of the degrading effects of pornography on women. Explores conflict between freedom of speech and regulation of pornography. Examines effects of laws against obscenity and proposes changes from a feminist perspective.

Soliciting for the Purpose of Prostitution, Brief presented to the Special Committee on the Constitution, November 1980; 18p. ISBN:0-920853-09-9

Recommends certain modifications to the legal status of street soliciting and considers which type of legislation, regulatory or prohibitive, is better.