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.