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Wants to see draconian laws

It’s hard to understand how our provincial and federal governments can keep saying they want to fix the drug problem and criminal activity on our streets when they are the only ones with the power to direct Supreme Court judges to do so.

Recently, B.C. sex offender Randall Hopley got another 18 months of incarceration for breaching the conditions of his long-term supervision order. He cut his ankle monitor off and went on the run for a week. He only surrendered to the police because the weather was too cold for him.

Fortunately, he didn’t reoffend while on the run. That was more luck than good planning by the corrections (service). How many times do we read about sex offenders being released from prison with a warning that they are considered a risk to reoffend? Even if it was only once, which it isn’t, it’s too often.

Why risk the safety of our most vulnerable (residents) by allowing sex offenders to be released into society when the corrections system suggests these criminals are a risk to reoffend? Change the laws, so until a sex offender is no longer considered a risk to reoffend can be incarcerated indefinitely. Other than sex offenders, who would not be in favour of a change like this?

Our laws need an overhauling. If the object is to deter serious criminal activity, keep making the punishments harsher until the criminal activity in question is no longer a problem.

If our government honestly wants to see illicit drug use curtailed, make trafficking even small amounts of these hard drugs a serious offence—minimum of 10 years (in prison) with no chance of parole for a first-time violation. Once released, if they reoffend double the next length of imprisonment.

I suspect that fewer people would choose a career path selling illegal drugs if the consequences were harsh enough to outweigh the profits to be gained.

Do similar for those using guns while committing crimes—20 years with no chance of parole for first offences, with it increasing to life with no chance of parole if someone is killed or seriously injured while using a firearm to commit a crime.

This might make the thugs who use firearms illegally think twice before endangering the public by engaging in a shoot out on the street, which has become too common and they getting more brazen each year.

It’s time to stop recycling the same criminals over and over and deter new people from beginning a career in crime.

Our current laws don’t seem to be enough of a deterrent. With provincial and federal elections on the horizon, are there any politicians willing to get serious about fighting crime and making our streets safer?

The status quo isn’t working.

Guy Bissonnette, Lake Country

(Editor’s note: While government makes law, in terms of “directing” judges, under the Constitution, the judiciary is separate from, and independent of, the government and legislature. Judicial independence guarantees judges can make decisions free of influence and based solely on fact and law.)



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