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CALGARY - A tennis court, theatre program and beautiful views of the mountains and ocean — it’s not exactly what Pamela Novak was expecting to see when she visited the B.C. facility where her daughter’s killer lives. Last week, Novak travelled to Victoria to attend the first parole hearing for Vuong Minh Vu, the man who strangled her 18-year-old daughter Stephanie in her family’s Calgary home in 2007 after Stephanie ended her relationship with Vu. Novak left the March 4 hearing relieved that Vu wasn’t granted day parole, but shocked by the scenic minimum-security institution where Vu is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. “He’s in an absolutely beautiful location for a prison. It’s appalling,” Novak said. “It’s outside Victoria on the island, right on the banks with beautiful views out to the ocean ... Inmates can wear their own clothes, they live in townhouses, they don’t live in a cell, they order groceries for their townhouse and they cook their own meals. I was stunned. I don’t know how you put a murderer there.”
The prison, on a peninsula about 25 km west of Victoria, can house up to 180 inmates and has previously made headlines because it offers Canada’s only inmate-run theatre company and at one time boasted a six-hole golf course for prisoners. While Novak didn’t notice a golf course on her visit, she spotted a ball diamond, tennis courts, picnic tables and fire pits, and said the facility completely caught her off guard. “If it was a resort, I probably couldn’t afford to go there,” she said. Having to comprehend the beautiful setting her daughter’s killer is living in was one of the last things on Novak’s mind as she prepared to attend the parole hearing, which took place four days after the ninth anniversary of Stephanie’s death and one week ahead of what would have been Stephanie’s 28th birthday.
At the time, police were trying to locate a young boy. Callers had reported he had been physically taken and forced into a minivan in Orillia, Ont. In the end, it turned out the boy was picked up by his parents after they said he had run away from home. The OPP fielded several complaints to 911 about the alert that took over TV and radio. Insp. Patrick Morris, the Orillia OPP detachment commander, said he is "disappointed" with the calls and tweets of viewers annoyed by the alert.
originally posted by: dianashay
a reply to: reldra
Not necessarily, not after seeing threads about people wanting to move to Canada because they assume it would be better.
They are in for a disappointment, despite how they spin it. It adds up daily how the thread of the machine keeps running in favor of the highest bidder and the road to hell is long and endless.
originally posted by: CranialSponge
a reply to: dianashay
I guess my question is:
Why is a murderer serving out his time at a minimum security prison ??
Minimum security prisons are mainly for non-violent offenders... not takers of human life.
Either somebody royally screwed up, or was paid a handsome chunk of change.
It is odd he ended up there. The point of this prison was for prisoners that had already spent 25+ years in prison and would be getting out, so would be sent there to learn a trade and slowly get used to normal life. I could not find why he was sent there.
originally posted by: dianashay
Sigh, what to say. Am ashamed.
Why are victims/or families being treated worse than the perpetrators in this so-called civilized society?
The purpose of putting crims into institutions of public revenge, is deny them their freedom as punishment. Denying them their freedom is the punishment right?. Making them live in inhumane conditions in a cage is not the punishment. This point should not be missed or lost on the issue of crime fitting the punishment and the issue of justice. just because placing prissiness in inhumane conditions has become routine and common and has been that way for many years, it is NOT the punishment. I understand the concern that crims seem to be living better standards of living in goal than non-offenders do out side goal do, but this does change the purpose of why we put people in goal. I appreciate that this goes against the grain for many and will make the blood of some boil. Do I have much sympathy for evil people? no! I have worked with people who I have thought either should be in goal or have done time in goal as they were thoroughly unpleasent and dangerous people. They are threat to safety of all persons around them but even they are entitled to the concept of justice as the principles of it are.