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Harper Government Introduces Measures to Help Keep our Streets and Communities Safe by Targeting Repeat Violent Offenders

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(businesspress24) - OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/27/15 -- Public Safety Canada

Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada''s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, introduced legislation to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to end statutory release for repeat violent offenders.

Under Statutory Release, eligible criminals are released at two thirds of their sentence and serve the last third of their sentence in the community under supervision and subject to conditions. Criminals may also be detained in custody past their Statutory Release eligibility date - including until the end of their sentence - if the Parole Board of Canada determines that the criminal is likely to commit another serious offence.

The Government has determined that this is the wrong approach when it comes to repeat violent offenders. Therefore, under the proposed legislation, repeat violent offenders will no longer be granted statutory release after serving two-thirds of their sentence. These measures reflect the Government of Canada''s ongoing commitment to keep our streets and communities safe while ensuring that the rights of victims are placed over those of criminals.

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"Our Government remains committed to help keep our streets and communities safe for Canadian families and to ensure that the rights of victims are placed over those of criminals. Restricting statutory release for repeat violent criminals will help keep Canadian families safe by ensuring that Canada''s most serious violent criminals are kept off our streets."

- The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada''s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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Date: 03/27/2015 - 17:13
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