The federal government is anticipated to declare support for a Conservative private member’s bill on Thursday, allowing the convicts of triple crime of abduction, rape and murder to soon be punishable by at least 40 years in prison. This move is one of the latest endeavors in what seems to be a newly adopted tough-on-crime agenda by the Conservative government, in light of the recent terror attacks, thwarted plots and multiple cyber-bully suicides.
Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, mentioned in an official statement on Thursday that “this bill would spare the families and loved ones of murder victims from being retraumatized from repeated parole applications from convicted murderers.” He explained that “our government supports this bill and it’s consistent with our plan for safe streets and communities.” The bill entitled as “Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act” was introduced by Conservative MP, James Bezan, in February. It majorly suggests that those convicted of kidnapping or abduction in the context of a sex offence, and murder, shall not be eligible for parole for at least 25 years. Furthermore, it also allows judges the discretion of extending the parole ineligibility period up to 40 years.
Bezan clarified that this bill is not about “mandatory minimum sentencing,” but rather saving families from having to relive the crimes every two years once the offender becomes eligible to seek parole. He explained that “the murders that we are talking about are the most sadistic of our society. These are individuals who take their pleasure from kidnapping an individual, raping them and then murdering them,”
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