Editor’s note: Last Tuesday, legendary Canadian defence attorney Edward “Eddie” Greenspan passed away. Hours before his death, he submitted an article to the National Post. With the permission of his co-author, Anthony Doob, we are honoured to run that article below.
“All convicted criminals belong behind bars.”
We know of no person knowledgeable about criminal justice in any
democratic society who has ever proposed imprisonment for all convicted
offenders. But earlier this month, Canada’s Public Safety Minister,
Steven Blaney, who oversees our penitentiaries, bluntly told Parliament
that “Our Conservative government believes that convicted criminals
belong behind bars.” No qualifications, no exceptions.