Supreme Court rules on Tories tough-on-crime time served sentencing law

The Supreme Court of Canada has restored the amount of pre-trial credit that offenders can receive for time spent in custody before they are sentenced.

The unanimous 7-0 ruling is the latest in a series by the high court that rolls back part of the Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda.

The Conservatives have implemented tougher pre-trial custody and sentencing provisions for repeat and violent youth offenders by removing the long-held provision of giving an offender credit for double the time served in pre-trail custody.

The Tories removed the provision, but allowed for a credit of 1.5 times in exceptional circumstances.

The Supreme Court has ruled that pre-trial custody constitutes an exceptional circumstance that warrants the 1.5 credit.

The court ruling involved three separate criminal cases, including one involving a young man convicted of manslaughter in the shaking death of his infant daughter, who was given the 1.5 credit.

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  1. ric posted on 04/11/2014 03:25 PM
    Why does the bloody judicial system always side with the criminals? Just when the government tries to do something right, a bunch of yahoos rule the other way.
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