Report card on criminal justice system
The following is a statement from Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General.
A new report recognizing Prince Edward Island as having the top criminal justice system in Canada is a reminder of the access to justice we enjoy as a province and a testament to all Islanders working in law enforcement, public safety, legal services, corrections, victim services and community organizations.
As Islanders we are fortunate to have some of the lowest levels of serious crime in the country as a direct result of Islanders working in and involved with the administration of justice. "The report card from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute on the criminal justice system found that Prince Edward Island has one of the lowest violent crime rates in Canada. It states that victims are more likely to have their offenders be given restitution orders than elsewhere in the country, and that police services are highly regarded by Islanders.
This positive ranking speaks to the effective and professional partnership of Prince Edward Island’s justice system. I commend all those who work to provide Islanders with a sense of security in our province and confidence in our justice system.
Collectively, we will build on our successes, with particular attention to Aboriginal justice and improving awareness of legal aid services and services for victims of crime. As a government we will work together with all partners to ensure Islanders continue to have access to a high-performing, efficient justice system.