Friday, April 22, 2016

Supreme Court Further Dismantles Harper Government's Tough-on-Crime Agenda
"The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down as unconstitutional two more planks of the defeated Harper government’s tough-on-crime platform.

It struck down the mandatory minimum sentencing provisions for drug offenders who have a prior criminal record for drug offences as well as ruling that a person denied bail because of prior convictions should get credit for time served before sentencing.

It is not as if mandatory minimums or the Truth in Sentencing Act are gone, but elements of them, laid out in two decisions released Friday, have been declared in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

View the Decisions:

R. v. Lloyd, 2016 SCC 13 

R. v. Safarzadeh-Markhali, 2016 SCC 14 

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