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March 2015 Bill to Deny parole for some murderers
In an amazing turn of events, the Harper Government is proposing a Bill to end parole for some murderers. If this Bill passes it will be another giant step forward in our justice system reform.
End Multiple Murders Bill Passes 2011
On Dec 1, 2011 the Protecting Canadians By Ending Multiple Murders Act was passed. This is a major break through with positive change to comment sentencing in the Canadian Justice System. See written document at the Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime http://crcvc.ca/docs/consecutive-sentencing-2012.pdf
This Same bill also includes
The Serious Time for the Most Serious Crime Act ensures that criminals who commit first-degree murder on or after tomorrow’s date are not eligible for parole until they serve the full 25 years of their sentence. Similarly, offenders serving life imprisonment for second-degree murder are no longer eligible for parole until their parole ineligibility period is served, which could be up to 25 years.
“Families of victims should not have to relive their losses by attending multiple early parole eligibility hearings,” said Minister Nicholson. “This Act puts the needs of law-abiding citizens ahead of criminals, and it spares the victimized from continually reliving their losses.”
Offenders who commit murder on or after tomorrow’s date will no longer be able to apply to be eligible for early parole under the faint-hope regime. Those who are currently serving their life sentence or awaiting sentence will face tougher rules when they apply.
Removing double time credits Bill Passed 2010
February 23, 2010 – Bill C-25, legislation that limits the amount of credit granted for time served in custody prior to conviction and sentencing, comes into force. With C-25 in force, the amount of credit given for time served is capped at a 1-to-1 ratio; credit is to be given at a ratio of up to 1.5 to 1 only where circumstances justify it; courts are to explain the circumstances that justify a higher ratio; and the pre-sentencing credit ratio is limited to a maximum ratio of 1 to 1 for individuals detained in custody prior to sentencing because of a criminal record or a violation of bail.