If a person is charged with a crime and they serve time in jail awaiting trial, the Canadian Association of Police Boards wants the double and triple bonus time served in remand to be erased.
That’s one of the nine resolutions the board passed over the weekend as more than 200 delegates from across Canada were in Sydney for its annual conference. The recommendations will next be passed on to the federal government.
Association president Greg Dionne said the group wants government to erase the “two-for-one” and “three-for-one” credit for pre-trial time spent in jail. However, they did believe that the judge in a particular case should be able to decide on a case-by-case basis whether someone gets equal time for their initial incarceration.
“People aren’t getting frustrated with the law, they’re getting frustrated that they aren’t getting justice,” Dionne said. “They believe that a sentence should start when a sentence is given. If you’ve delayed it and remained in remand for six months, well sorry, that’s your problem.”