Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fed Politics

Toughest Yet on Crime

Proposed legislation would target repeat violent offenders

By Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl

 

ark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon highlighted proposed changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) that would seriously restrict the release of repeat violent offenders into the community to serve the final third of their sentence.

 

“Sadly there are too many criminals who commit serious, sometimes violent offences, while on Statutory Release. We want to keep violent offenders off our streets and in correctional facilities longer to help change their behaviour,” said Strahl.

 

Statutory release (SR) is a presumptive release by law at the two-thirds mark of a fixed sentence, and takes effect automatically unless the Parole Board of Canada determines that the offender is likely to commit another serious offence. 

 

Under SR, eligible federal offenders serve the final third of their sentence in the community, under supervision and subject to conditions which can include a residency condition (i.e., reside at a ‘halfway-house’). Only offenders serving determinate (i.e., fixed-term) sentences are eligible for SR, whereas inmates serving a life sentence or an indeterminate sentence are always ineligible.

 

The proposed amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act would seriously restrict statutory release for repeat federal offenders who have previously received a prison sentence of five years or more that includes a serious violent component. The amendments will allow repeat offenders to be exposed to correctional programming in penitentiaries for a longer period of time to change behaviour which contributes to reoffending. 

 

These changes complement other tough on crime actions introduced by the Conservative Government, including:

Tougher prison sentences for sexual offences against children, serious gun crimes, impaired driving, and selling drugs to children.

Providing the courts with the discretion to end sentence discounts for multiple murders; and

Repealing the Faint Hope Clause which allowed offenders serving a life sentence with a parole ineligibility period of more than 15 years to apply for parole after serving 15 years in prison.

For more information and to connect with Member of Parliament Mark Strahl, visit www.markstrahl.com

 

 

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