Tories want to kill 'two-for-one' prison-time credit
CTV News has learned that the government plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to end the "two-for-one" credit for convicted felons for time spent in pre-trial custody.
The credit aims to compensate for so-called "dead time" spent in overcrowded detention centres that do not have rehabilitation programs or many of the amenities of long-term prison housing.
But critics argue that some prisoners are abusing the system by trying to stretch their pre-trial time to cut their time behind bars later.
And... wait for it...
Yes, there'll be skating in Hades and pigshit umbrellas for everyone: I actually agree with something Stephen Harper is doing. And on a law and order issue, no less.
I've always believed that most of the sentences given to violent offenders are actually completely appropriate, but that these credits reduce them to ridiculously short periods, leading in turn to public outrage and calls for "tougher sentencing".
Only a couple of hairs in this one:
a) Since these credits were never legislated in the first place - only entrenched through legal precedent - I'm not sure how they are going to legislate them out of existence, and
b) This should be done instead of mandatory minimum sentencing legislation, not in addition to.
I'm sure the Conservatives will find other ways to screw this one up. Stay tuned.