Legislation to abolish Accelerated Parole Review has passed in the House of Commons.

The proposed legislation, the Abolition of Early Parole Act (Bill C-59), would abolish the current system of Accelerated Parole Review and responds to concerns raised by victims’ groups and police associations across the country.

Under the current system, Accelerated Parole Review allows non-violent, first time offenders to access day parole at one-sixth of their sentence and full parole at one-third of their sentence if the Parole Board of Canada is satisfied that an offender will not commit an act of violence after being released. Proposed changes would ensure that first time, non-violent offenders would be eligible for regular day parole at earliest six months prior to their full parole eligibility date. Justice Canada.