Very few Canadian criminals ever serve time in jail.
Career criminals have figured this out, of course, and know there are few consequences for their stealing, robbing and assaulting.
In 2011, Statistics Canada reports there were 353,000 criminal cases in this country.
Of those, 64% (226,000) resulted in guilty verdicts or pleas.
Thirty-two percent (113,000) were withdrawn by Crown prosecutors or stayed — put on hold — typically for lack of evidence or because the accused agreed to take counselling or make restitution.
Just 3% (11,000) of criminal cases ended in acquittals.