'Someone has to point out that it does not serve public safety to make it harder for people to reintegrate after a prison sentence.'—John Hutton
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Comments that amount to "you break the law you pay for life" are laughable. I think the vast majority of adult Canadians, including many who think they are holier than thou, could easily find themselves with a criminal record if there were the resources to detect and catch everyone who breaks a law. Have you declared every penny you owe in income tax? Have you paid every tax you owe or have you sometimes paid cash for jobs or products in order to avoid taxes? Do you have a weapon or ammunition that is in any way in contravention of the law? Or, are you one of those who thinks that the law (e.g., gun registry) is so flawed that it is okay to break it? Have you ever hit anyone? Have you ever helped yourself to a little something (e.g., a few grapes for example) in the grocery store?
I'm sure people get my point.
I thought we lived in a country that allowed people to pay their debt to society and then move on with their life. What happened to giving people a chance to turn their life around and make better choices? We give that much to addicts and alcoholics, and I see no reason why someone with a criminal record of any sort should be labeled with his/her past offences for the remainder of their life. We cannot assume that every person convicted of a criminal offence is a menace to society for all time. Relegating someone to that corner simply creates a society in which we perpetuate the cycle of crime. Do we assume that every person convicted of drunk driving cannot ever be trusted behind the wheel ever again? No, we don't. People get their licences back all the time and never re-offend. There are people convicted of all sorts of crimes that go on to live productive, non-criminal lives. Once they've done their time, they don't owe the world their submission and they should not be denied opportunities for a better life. The proposed legislation is reactionary and unfair. We should not go on punishing people for the rest of their lives for a crime for which they have already served their sentence, and that seems to be what many posters on this board are suggesting.
Recent news outlets have been debating the new pardon law the conservatives are trying to pass. The new law would make serious criminal offenders wait 10 years (as oppose to the current 5) before being eligible to receive a pardon. Despite what many believe pardons are not given out like candy. during those 5 years a criminal must prove that they have successfully integrated back into society. I believe everyone deserves the right to live a life beyond the mistakes they have made in the past. If you agree that people can change then please support this group and stop the conservatives from making another gross injustice on our society.