Rezac briefs Justice Minister Jim Nicolson in Ottawa on Vancouver crime issues. Subsequent sentences drop for chronic offenders!
Darcy Rezac, Managing Director and Dave Park appeared before the House of Commons Justice Committee and met with Justice Minister Jim Nicolson and others in Ottawa to press crime issues.
A KEY ISSUE: The serious situation with judges' sentencing in Vancouver: Chronic offenders sentences actually go down for subsequent offenses! Vancouver Police Department 2008
Rezac and Park also met with government BC Caucus, opposition Members of Parliament, the Senate, the Chief Statistician of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce about measures needed to reduce the high incidence of crime in Canada.
The delegation focused on the need to deal more appropriately with chronic offenders, who account for much of the unacceptably high incidence of violent crime in Canada. "Violent crime is not new to Canada,” said Darcy Rezac, “but the Tsunami of violent crime and gang warfare in BC underscores the long-standing inability of the justice system to prevent and deal with serious crime. We need our parliamentarians to put politics aside and address the threat to the public with the urgency it deserves.” 2.7 million Canadians were victims of violent crime in the last Statistics Canada victims survey in 2004. The City of Vancouver alone has 379 known “super chronic” criminals on the loose--one with 190 convictions who is not in jail. Sentences for these chronic offenders actually decrease with the number of convictions. The average sentence for a first conviction is 101 days. For the 35th crime, the sentence drops to 25 days. “It makes no sense. It would be difficult to find another country in the world that releases more chronic criminals back into society again and again to create more and more victims.” said Rezac. “It has been open season on victims in Canada for too long”, said Rezac. See complete release at The Vancouver Board of Trade Media calls: Darcy Rezac, 604 641-1255, or Terry Hadley, 604 641-1271