Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

October 26, 2009 14:17 ET

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

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced today that the Government of Canada plans to fix the problem in the parole system that allows early release of criminals.

"Canadians want to be confident in our justice and corrections systems. They believe the punishment should fit the crime," said Minister Moore. "Today we are taking further action on our tackling-crime agenda, to keep our communities safe and to make criminals more accountable."

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.

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.

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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