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John Yakabuski’s private member's bill would help keep victims of violence safe

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski

QUEEN’S PARK – Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski introduced his Private Member’s Bill Tuesday that will help keep victims of a violence crime safe by compelling inmates to sign their certificate of parole before they are released back into the community.

The Ministry of Correctional Services Amendment Act (Parole), 2015 will also require electronic monitoring for offenders who are convicted of sexual or domestic assault.

Currently, the Ministry of Correctional Services Act allows for inmates to be granted parole even if he or she has refused to sign their certificate of parole.

“Average people are disturbed when they learn of the current regulation that allows inmates to be released even after they refuse to play by the rules and sign their certificate of parole,” Yakabuski said in the Legislature. “The triple homicides which took place in Renfrew County earlier this autumn underline the harm that can result when an inmate is unwilling to reform his or her behaviour.”

Yakabuski also remarked that victims of sexual or domestic violence have a right to feel safe after their attacker is released from incarceration.

“Electronic monitoring will aid in giving victims piece of mind when their attacker is released on parole.” he said.

Moreover, electronic monitoring will assist the province in ensuring these parolees are observing the terms of their release.

Yakabuski noted that he hopes to get all-party support in passing his Private Member’s Bill in order to make the province’s criminal justice system more accountable and to increase public safety.

“Most people want to see inmates rehabilitated back into society once their debt has been fully paid,” the MPP said. “However, parolees must demonstrate their willingness to reintegrate by agreeing to follow the law before they are released back into our communities; if passed, my PMB would compel that requirement in statute.”