Alexis Community Justice Survey: December 2021
The Alexis Justice System is a collaboration of the Alexis Tribal Government, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Federal and Provincial Courts, and Alexis Community Stakeholders working together to maintain justice on the Alexis Indian Reserves #133, #232, #233 & #234.
The Criminal Justice system in Alexis consists of a number of elements. These include: the police, who investigate crimes and lay charges, the courts who determine guilt or innocence and apply sentences the correctional system, which administers sentences such as jail and probation and, the parole system, which makes decisions when to release or parole offenders who are in jail.
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Age Category *
Using a 10-point scale with 1 representing “very low confidence” and 10 representing “very high confidence.”
1. How much confidence do you have that the criminal justice system is responsive to the needs of victims of crime? *
Very low confidence
Very high confidence
2. How much do confidence you have in the following parts of the criminal justice system: *
1 - Very Low Confidence
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10 - Very high confidence
a) Mayorthorpe RCMP
b) The Courts
c) The Corrections Systems
d) The Parole System
Thinking about the police in general, using the same 10-point scale.
3. How confident are you in the police’s ability to do each of the following: *
1 - Very Low Confidence
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10 - Very high confidence
a) Prevent crime from happening in the first place
b) Detect and arrest offenders
Thinking about the courts accessible to Alexis and using the same 10-point scale.
4. How confident are you in the courts’ ability to do each of the following: *
1 - Very Low Confidence
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10 - Very high confidence
a) Determine guilt or innocence
b) Impose appropriate sentences
Thinking about the correctional system in Alexis and using the same 10-point scale.
5. How confident are you in its ability to do each of the following? *
1 - Very Low Confidence
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10 - Very high confidence
a) Make sure prisoners don’t escape
b) Rehabilitate prisoners so they do not commit another offence
Thinking about the parole system, using the same 10-point scale.
6. How confident are you in its ability to do each of the following? *
1 - Very Low Confidence
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10 - Very high confidence
a) Make the right decision on which prisoners to release on parole
b) Supervise offenders who are in the community on parole
Canada has a separate criminal justice system for youth aged 12 to 17, which is guided by the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Using the same 10-point scale with 1 representing “very low confidence” and 10 representing “very high confidence.”
7. How much confidence do you have in the youth criminal justice system in Alexis?
Very low confidence
Very high confidence
Clear selection
Using the same 10-point scale with 1 representing “not at all important” and 10 representing “very important”.
8. How important do you think it is that the youth criminal justice system take into consideration the fact that youth are less mature than adults?
Very low confidence
Very high confidence
Clear selection
9. In the last five years, have you personally had any involvement in the Canadian criminal justice system in any of the following ways? *
Yes
No
a) Being charged with a crime.
b) Being a witness.
c) Being a juror.
d) Working in the justice system yourself (i.e.: police, courts, corrections).
e) Being a victim of a crime.
IF YES TO “e”, go to 11. a)
Yes
No
a) Were you the victim of a property offence or a violent offence, or both?
b) Did you report the most recent offence to the police?
c) Did you report the most recent offence to Chief and Council?
d) Did you assist the Police by participating in the investigation by providing a statement or other evidence?
e) Did you participate in the court process by attending court as a witness to this matter?
Clear selection
10. IF NO TO “e”, please state why didn’t you report the offence to the police?
Questions: *
Gone up
Stayed the same
Gone down
11. Over the last five years, do you think that the overall crime rate in Alexis has gone up, stayed about the same, or gone down?
12. What about property crimes such as break and enter and theft? Do you think that over the last five years, the rate of these crimes in Alexis has gone up, stayed about the same, or gone down?
13. And, what about violent crimes such as assault, robbery and murder? Do you think that over the last five years, the rate of these crimes in Alexis has gone up, stayed about the same, or gone down?
14. How many years have you lived in your current neighborhood or community?
15. Do you think your neighborhood is:
Clear selection
Using a 10-point scale with 1 representing “not at all likely” and 10 representing “very likely.”
Questions: *
1 - Not at all likely
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10 - Very likely
16. How likely do you think it is that you or someone close to you will become the victim of a property crime in your neighborhood over the next year?
17. What the likelihood of being victim of a violent crime over the next year?
Using a 10-point scale with 1 representing “not at all important” and 10 being “very important”
18. How important are each of the following sources in shaping your views on the Alexis justice system? *
1 - Not at all important
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10 - Very important
a) Alexis Justice Committee
b) Alexis Elders
c) Alexis Chief and Council
d) Friends and family
e) Social Media (Facebook, etc.)
f) The Internet
I would like to now ask you questions regarding the Alexis Community Safety Agenda which focuses on three major areas: (1) strengthening Alexis’ laws, (2) investing in crime prevention, and (3) increasing police presence and enforcement in the community.
19. In your own words, please tell us what your thoughts are on the RCMP’s involvement in solving crime and justice issues in Alexis #133? *
20. In your own words, please tell us what your thoughts are on the Alexis government’s involvement in dealing with crime and justice issues in Alexis #133?
Using a 10-point scale with 1 representing “not at all familiar” and 10 being “very familiar.”
21. How familiar are you with the Alexis government’s strategy on crime and justice entitled the “Community Safety”?
Not at all familiar
Very familiar
Clear selection
Using a 10-point scale with 1 meaning “no impact at all” and 10 meaning “a very significant impact.”
22. How much of an impact you think the part of the Community Safety Agenda that involves strengthening laws by introducing tougher sentencing will have on each of the following: *
1 - No impact at all
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10 - A very significant impact
a) Crime rates
b) Victim satisfaction with the justice system
c) Community safety
d) Your confidence in the justice system
23. How much of an impact do you think Alexis Government has on improving the following: *
1 - No impact at all
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10 - A very significant impact
a) Reducing crime rates
b) Victim satisfaction with the justice system
c) Community safety
d) Your confidence in the justice system
24. How much of an impact you think the part of Community Safety that involves increasing the number of peace officers on the reserve will have on each of the following: *
1 - No impact at all
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10 - A very significant impact
Crime rates
Victim satisfaction with the justice system
Community safety
Your confidence in the justice system
When the courts are sentencing offenders, the judge can consider many different principles and factors. On a 10-point scale with 1 meaning “not at all important” and 10 meaning “very important.”
25. How important do you think each of the following principles should be in deciding on an appropriate sentence for an offender? *
1 - Not at all important
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10 - Very important
a) Expressing community’s disapproval by condemning the offender’s crime.
b) Setting an example of the offender in the hope that it will deter others from committing offense.
c) Punishing the offender so that it will deter him or her from committing another offense.
d) Keeping offenders away from the rest of community.