blackbird Posted September 7, 2022 Report Share Posted September 7, 2022 (edited) Reportedly the suspect had been convicted 59 times of criminal offences, half of which were violent. Yet the parole board which falls under the authority and jurisdiction of the federal government, deemed that he should be released even though it was agreed there was a good chance he would re-offend. It was agreed he was into drugs since he was about 13 and that drugs and alcohol fueled anger and violence. Another cabinet minister who is responsible for aboriginal affairs has recently been talking about aboriginals being over-represented in prisons and that something needed to be done about that. I wonder if the release of this offender has something to do with the Liberal-NDP belief that there should be fewer aboriginal offenders in prisons and did this drive parole board policy in this case? He was also apparently sent to a healing lodge at one time during his stints in prison. This did not appear to have done any healing in spite of the claims about the benefits of healing lodges. Should drug and alcohol and other social problems on reserves and the larger number of aboriginals in prisons be a factor in releasing offenders on parole? Apparently the parole board thought if he would follow the rules they laid down and commit to regular meetings with a parole officer, everything would be honky dory. What part does protection of the public play in their decisions? These are a couple questions that need to asked. Incidentally, the public safety minister, Marco Mendicino, just said in a news conference that now is not the time to talk about the cause of this; he says we need to concentrate on support of the families and friends of the victims. But I do not see it as any reason to evade discussion of the cause of this which Canadians want to understand. I think as the top official responsible for the justice system and parole board, he has some tough questions to answer. Edited September 7, 2022 by blackbird Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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