Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes is making progress on his attempt to tighten up rules for inmates.
Mayes’ private member’s bill has passed second reading in the House of Commons. If adopted, it would extend the parole eligibility period for those convicted of abduction, heinous acts of sexual assault and murder of an individual from the current 25 years, up to a maximum of 40 years.
“Sadistic criminals convicted of such heinous crimes are never granted parole, thus the hearings are unnecessary and are extremely painful for the victims’ families to endure., he said.
“C-587 would save the families and loved ones of the victims from having to go through the agony of unnecessary and often traumatic Parole Board hearings. Why put the families of those victims through the pain of attending a parole hearing every two years?”
This cycle must stop.”
The bill will now make its way to the standing committee on justice and human rights for study.