FEDERAL BILL

Bill C-56, An Act To Amend The Corrections And Conditional Release Act And The Abolition Of Early Parole Act

FEDERAL BILL - AMENDS MULTIPLE STATUTES

1st Reading
June 19, 2017


RECOMMENDATION His Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Abolition of Early Parole Act”. SUMMARY This enactment amends the Corrections and Condi... (Click for more)


Published on June 20, 2017

Bill Summary

Bill C-56, An Act To Amend The Corrections And Conditional Release Act And The Abolition Of Early Parole Act

RECOMMENDATION


His Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Abolition of Early Parole Act”.







SUMMARY







This enactment amends the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to, among other things,


(a) reintroduce the expression “least restrictive” in certain provisions of the Act;



(b) provide that an inmate must be released from administrative segregation before the end of the 21st day of that confinement, unless the institutional head orders that the inmate is to remain in administrative segregation;



(c) provide that an independent external reviewer, appointed by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, will review the case of an inmate who is ordered to remain in administrative segregation after that 21st day and in other circumstances;



(d) provide that the independent external reviewer shall, after the review, make a recommendation to the institutional head as to whether or not the inmate should be released from administrative segregation;



(e) provide that, 18 months after the amendments referred to in paragraph (b) come into force, the 21-day limit referred to in that paragraph is reduced to a 15-day limit;



(f) provide that the head of the appropriate regional headquarters of the Correctional Service of Canada shall, in the circumstances prescribed by regulation, order that an inmate is to be released from, or to remain in, administrative segregation;



(g) provide for a comprehensive review of the legislative and regulatory reforms to the administrative segregation regime, to be conducted five years after those reforms take effect; and



(h) reintroduce the requirement that the Parole Board of Canada hold hearings following a suspension, termination or revocation of parole or statutory release.









This enactment also amends the Abolition of Early Parole Act to provide that the accelerated parole review process under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act continues to apply to offenders in respect of an offence committed before the day on which the Abolition of Early Parole Act came into force.

This Bill Amends The Following Statutes

  1. Corrections and Conditional Release Act S.C. 1992, c. 20

  2. Abolition of Early Parole Act, S.C. 2011, c. 11

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