posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 11:16 PM
reply to post by Unity_99
Life is 1/3 the sentence, basically. It is not life in Canada. First degree can carry life sentences, which are 25 years, and again, 1/3 the
No, you are mistaken. 1st and 2nd degree murder charges automatically carry life sentences. With 1st, it is 25 years before eligible to go for parole
With 2nd degree, it is either a sentence from 10-25 years without eligibility until that time is up, no 1/3.
Serving your minimum period and reaching parole eligibility does not automatically grant you access to the community.
And after eligibility comes, it is not a guarantee that an offender will be released. It only acts as an opening where they are able to go for parole
review. There are plenty of people doing time long after their eligibility dates. Life is life in Canada.
You also referenced the dangerous offender designation. Where someone is automatically reviewed every 7 years but no guarantee to be released. These
offenders serve indefinite sentences and even if they were to be released, have to prove why they are allowed to stay out every 2 years, while already
being granted status in the community. This designation however, is used to lock people away and toss the key, so-to-speak.
From the Parole Board of Canada:
Myth 10: A life sentence in Canada means that offenders only have to serve 25 years before they are released.
This is why Harper is so effective at pushing crime bills through, because the public has no idea how even the current system works....
edit on 24-2-2012 by boncho because: (no reason given)