Prime Minister Stephen Harper's get-tough approach to crime and punishment has produced contentious legislation. We now have mandatory-minimum sentences for drug or violent offences, higher victim surcharges and no extra credit for time spent in pre-trial custody.
But some of it is being peeled back either by the work of defiant judges or direct legal challenges.
The Conservatives' crime agenda took another blow Thursday when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down part of a 2011 law that retroactively reduced parole eligibility for inmates who'd been sentenced before the legislation was passed.
The Abolition of Early Parole Act eliminated accelerated parole review, effectively lengthening the amount of time a non-violent, first-time offender would remain in prison before being eligible for parole, The Canadian Press reported.
The Supreme Court decision released Thursday concluded the law is unconstitutional because it amounts to double-jeopardy – imposing additional penalties on thoseRead More »from Tories’ tough-on-crime battle takes a hit as top court quashes aspect of parole reform