Two-for-one sentencing credit ridiculous

Lawyer Patty MacNaughton should think twice before making such statements about draconian law concerning the two-for-one credit given criminals for so-called dead time spent in remand or jail prior to being found guilty of some crime.

Re. March 27 Advocate story, headlined City lawyers say killing two-for-one jail credit makes for a bad bargain:

Lawyer Patty MacNaughton should think twice before making such statements about draconian law concerning the two-for-one credit given criminals for so-called dead time spent in remand or jail prior to being found guilty of some crime.

How about the dead time some of their victims spend?

I do agree that a person is innocent until proven guilty, and I also agree that no government has positive ideas on how to reform the Criminal Code.

There is no consideration given to victims of crime and every consideration given to those found guilty. There seems to be no accountability for injustice.

In my opinion, regarding the two-for-one rule of thumb, that has been adopted by the court system (also run by lawyers).

Why not come up with a working agreement that allows people who are going to trial for an alleged offence, and found not guilty, some sort of compensation for their time spent in remand or jail. And those found guilty, one for one, for time spent being held.

E. L. Brown

Red Deer

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