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?