WATTS: Supreme Court Ruling Puts Repeat Offenders Back On Our Streets Faster

April 15, 2016

OTTAWA, ON – Official Opposition Critic for Infrastructure and Communities Dianne Watts is disappointed by the Supreme Court ruling today that gives repeat offenders enhanced credit for pre-trial time served, and removes a one-year mandatory sentence for drug trafficking offenses.

“Communities need to know that repeat offenders are being kept off the streets and away from our neighbourhoods. Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court means less jail time for those repeat offenders,” said MP Watts. “Communities across this country continue to deal with the revolving door of the criminal justice system. Over the past number of years, over 30 pieces of legislation were passed aimed at strengthening the justice system, supporting communities, and standing up for victims. Today’s ruling does not take into account the safety of the general public which should always remain at the forefront and outweigh the rights of convicted repeat offenders.”

“Existing legislation was specifically introduced to target gangs and other criminal organizations by introducing tougher sentences for drug traffickers and repeat offenders. We have now taken a giant step backward,” said Watts. “I am very disappointed to see today’s ruling, especially in light of the recent $4.5 million drug seizure in Surrey, and the crisis we currently have with the use of Fentanyl and subsequent related deaths across the country.”

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For more information:
Alla Drigola
Office of Dianne Watts, MP (South Surrey – White Rock)
Dianne.Watts.A1@parl.gc.ca
613-299-2982