Sunday, October 15, 2006
From edmontonsun.com: University of Alberta CrimProf Steven Penney believes a law proposed by Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper which would force repeat violent offenders to prove why they shouldn’t be jailed indefinitely would face a Charter of Rights Challenge.
Currently, it is up to the Crown to prove that an offender should be deemed a dangerous offender, a legal label that carries with it an indefinite sentence.
Critics of the Law, like CrimProf Penney, believe the law ties the hands of judges and that the program will ultimately fail, like similar programs which have failed to reduce crime in the United States. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]