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Determining the Punishment of Sex Criminals in Confederation Era Canada: A Matter of National Policy

Strange, Carolyn


Criminal justice was a critical component of nation building, which culminated in Canada’s adoption of a federal Criminal Code in 1892. However, the connections between criminal law reform and the Dominion’s fortunes began in 1869, when penal policy was first formulated and debated on a national stage. At that point, the mandatory sentence of death applied to rape and carnal knowledge of a girl under ten years of age. This article analyzes why and how Canada’s early harsh stance, promoted by...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Canadian Historical Review
DOI: 10.3138/chr.2017-0122


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