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  • Virginia Waters
    June 09, 2012 - 11:46

    The Harper Government has raised mandatory minimum sentences but, despite its ill-advised multi-billion dollar budget for new prisons, it has adamantly refused any financial support for replacing the antiquated overcrowded HMP in St. John's. The justice system in this province should therefore adopt an unofficial policy that would restrict sentences to periods of well below one-year where possible, or alternatively, above two years where it is not. This would help take some of the financial pressure off the province and put it where it belongs - on the federal government. As cited by this defence lawyer, sentences to a federal prison are often far more beneficial for offenders with substance abuse problems or mental disorders generally where recidivism is much higher and where there are few effective treatments at the local level. That all said, this is one crazy system.