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Surrey needs community court: NDP

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

B.C. New Democrats are calling for a community court in Surrey, saying Vancouver and other cities have shown success with their programs.

NDP MLA Harry Bains said Sunday the community court recognizes that prolific offenders can’t just be put into jail, and instead must be connected to services.

“Rather than having them go through the cycle again and again … we need to deal with the underlying problem,” he said.

A report evaluating the success of Vancouver’s Downtown Community Court has yet to be released.





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