Victims’ Rights Bill C-478

And another thing:

Bill C-478 seeks to make “violent offenders” wait 5 years for a parole hearing, rather than the current two. The John Howard Society says such a change bodes ill for the gradual reintegration of offenders back into society. Hence, in terms of the “bottom dollar”, more $$.

Not only that, Sue O’Sullivan, the “Federal Victims’ ombudsperson”, has asked that offenders lose the ability to withdraw parole applications on short notice.


Does it not make sense for an offender, learning that his Institutional Parole officer, etc., is dead-set against him winning parole, to save everyone the effort by withdrawing his parole application when, not to do so, means another 2? 5? years more inside?

To read this proposed private member’s bill is to shake one’s head.

If only the people on the ground in Corrections Services of Canada and Canada Parole Board felt they had the freedom to weigh in…. When they signed on for their roles, did they ever imagine their decision-making would be so hamstrung?





Victims’ Rights Bill C-478

May 9, 2013 Tories Support Backbenchers’ Victims’ Rights Bill C – 479: Victims want to weigh in as to when if ever their offenders will be released.

My understanding of the criminal justice system is that, once an offender has been sentenced (the victim having had full input), the release/parole plan depends on whether or not the inmate has

1. fulfilled the minimum sentence requirement; and

2. Shown positive progress, while incarcerated, in terms of rehabilitation.

How, as a matter of criminal law policy, can the victim’s opposition to release be relevant?

Unless, of course, we wish to shuck entirely the notion of rehabilitation?

Surely, a just society has a strong interest in ensuring that inmates are rehabilitated such that, upon release, they do not reoffend.