Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mandatory Minimum Sentences are Bad for Communities
"In 2012, the Harper government made a number of changes to Canadian criminal law. These changes introduces a suite of new mandatory minimum prison sentences; changed how credit for dead time in pre-sentence detention is calculated, restricted parole and access to pardons; imposed new victim fines for all offenses; and put restrictions on who can get serve their sentence in the community rather than going to jail.

The government claimed these changes were necessary to protect victims of crime and to keep our communities safe. But even a minor scratch at the conservative logic reveals that the law and order agenda is, out of step with Canadian values, fundamentally unfair, expensive, unnecessary, and ineffective."

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