“This Government is taking a new approach to corrections by putting a greater focus on public safety,” said Minister Van Loan. “We are also putting the rights of victims first, by proposing changes to help keep them better informed.”

Proposed key reforms to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act include:

– The “protection of society” becoming the paramount principle of corrections and conditional release;

– Enshrining in law, a victim’s right to participate in parole board hearings;

– Authorizing police to arrest without the need for a warrant, an offender breaking their release conditions; and,

– Emphasizing the importance of taking into consideration the seriousness of an offence in National Parole Board decision-making.

“We are fulfilling our commitment to make key reforms to the current corrections system so that offenders are more accountable for their actions, rehabilitation is more effective, and safety in our communities is paramount in all decisions in the corrections process,” added Minister Van Loan.

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