Keeping our Communities Safe
October 23, 2012
On Tuesday, Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced that new accountability measures in the Safe Streets and Communities Act have officially come into force.
These measures represent a reasonable and balanced approach to dealing with violent and repeat young offenders. In the past, the justice system was often powerless to keep these offenders in custody, even if they posed a danger to society.
Effective today, Crown lawyers will be required to consider adult sentences for serious violent crimes such a murder and attempted murder.
It also includes a measure requiring the courts to consider lifting the publication ban on the names of these violent offenders so that community can be made aware of their offences.
Violent or repeat young offenders will now be held accountable for their actions and the danger they may pose to law-abiding Canadians will be considered during sentencing.
Through the Safe Streets and Communities Act, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our Conservative Government have acted on our promise to help protect law-abiding Canadians, keep our communities safe and hold offenders accountable for their actions.