Saturday, March 1, 2014

Push for consecutive mandatory minimum sentences may run afoul of Criminal Code

The Conservative government has tossed another challenge at the country’s judges, upping the ante on mandatory minimum sentences with U.S.-style “stacking minimums” intended to keep people who commit sex crimes against children in jail longer.

“There is an outcry for this, from police, from prosecutors, and most notably from victims,” Justice Minister Peter MacKay said in an interview, speaking about the tougher sentencing measures for child sex crimes in a bill tabled in Parliament this week. The bill must be debated and voted on before it becomes law.

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