Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Experts douse Tory inmate crackdown plan

OTTAWA — The Harper government says it wants to increase victims' rights while getting tougher with inmates who break prison rules or violate parole conditions.

But critics say the latest move in the Tory law-and-order agenda would actually increase public risk in the long run.

Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan said legislation proposed Tuesday would offer victims more information about inmate parole and rehabilitation.

If passed, the changes would also create new penalties for inmates who throw urine at guards or act out in other ways.

Police could also immediately arrest without a warrant any offender suspected of breaching release conditions.

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