The Selinger government has been blasted for the past week on why a 14-year-old chronic car thief thumbed his nose at the law 24 times without consequence in a six-week period, leading to him killing a Winnipeg cab driver with a speeding, stolen SUV in March 2008.
Attorney General Andrew Swan rejected calls for a tougher zero-tolerance policy on young offenders who breach court orders. Swan said that approach won't help make these kids better people.
The NDP was hammered again Tuesday by the Opposition Progressive Conservatives and Liberals in reaction to a Free Press story that a probation officer allowed a high-risk young offender to return to the community without wearing his court-ordered electronic ankle bracelet. The youth, 17, went on to commit several new crimes, including a violent home invasion in which he and two adult gang members attacked a man in front of his four-year-old son.
Premier Greg Selinger said the system failed and vowed it won't be repeated.
"Where an electronic monitoring device is required by a court order it should be implemented fully without any exceptions for the full period of the court order in order to ensure that individual is monitored on a 24-7 basis," Selinger said.