Canada’s Attorney General is supporting calls for stronger monitoring of high-risk offenders released from prison.
“The ankle bracelet, the electronic monitoring, is something we could make better use of.”
Peter MacKay is responding to concerns raised about several convicted rapists walking away from local halfway homes in recent weeks.
“We’ve toughened sanctions in a number of areas of the criminal law – including mandatory minimum penalties, but we’re working closely with public safety to determine if there is more that can be done. Electronic monitoring, we believe, could be used more effectively.”
“Even those who are incarcerated or in halfway homes and more susceptible to leave those facilities.”
MacKay says, as the Attorney General of Canada, he can’t comment on any concerns he has about the man who killed his three children in Merritt more than seven years ago.
“I completely understand and sympathize with their concerns and the victimization that has occurred here is horrific, the high end, and so, there is a tremendous amount of public trepidation about the release of offenders who have a demonstrated past, proven propensity for violence.”
In recent weeks, authorities in Metro Vancouver have released a number of warnings about parolees posing a risk to public safety.
“You know. Another area of concern that has been expressed to me even during the short time that I’ve been here is the not-criminally-responsible provisions and there has been a number of very high-profile cases here in BC where there has been concerns about early release.”
The Correctional Service of Canada spends more than 34-thousand dollars a year on each high risk offender released in the community.