Kingston, ON—Earlier this week, the Dementia Justice Society of Canada wrote a letter to the federal Minister of Health, urging the government to include a criminal justice perspective as it develops and implements a National Dementia Strategy.
Most people with dementia will not commit a crime. However, encounters with the criminal justice system among this population are not uncommon. It is therefore imperative that we have a criminal justice system which is prepared to deal with this vulnerable group.
While encouraged by the progress of Bill C-233, Dementia Justice urged the Minister to include people with knowledge in both dementia and criminal justice at the National Dementia Strategy's development conference and on its advisory board.
To read the letter, click here.
About Dementia Justice
Dementia Justice is a federally incorporated non-profit society dedicated to advancing the rights, needs and dignity of people with dementia who are, or are at risk of becoming, involved with the criminal justice system. It strives to achieve its objectives through public advocacy, awareness-raising, education and research.