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Public Safety Canada

October 26, 2009 11:38 ET

Government of Canada to Fix the Problem of Early Parole for Criminals

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages, announced today that the Government of Canada plans to fix the problem in the parole system that allows early release of criminals.

"Our Government believes the justice and corrections systems should not put the rights of criminals ahead of the rights of victims and law-abiding Canadians," said Minister Van Loan. "That is why we have taken a new approach to corrections by making protection of society the primary focus of the Canadian prison system. Today we are taking the next step."

The current system of Accelerated Parole Review allows criminals convicted of non-violent offenses to obtain parole after serving only one-sixth of their sentence and full parole after serving just one-third. Moreover, parole in such cases is virtually automatic; the National Parole Board is powerless to stop the release of a criminal, even when they believe the criminal will offend again.

"This is not acceptable to Canadians. Our government will take action so Canadians are protected," said the Minister.

The Government will respond to concerns raised by victims' groups and police associations across the country, and to the Correctional Service of Canada's Independent Review Panel's recommendations to work towards a system of earned parole.

"We are fulfilling our commitment to make essential reforms to improve the corrections and conditional release system," said Minister Paradis. "We will ensure that offenders are more accountable for their actions. The rights of victims and the safety of our communities must come first."

In June 2009 the Government introduced legislation proposing reforms to the corrections system to hold offenders more accountable for their actions, to make rehabilitation more effective, and to make the protection of society paramount in all decisions in the corrections process.

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