A federal amendment to cut down “two-for-one” credits for prisoners who serve time before convictions is getting praise from Alberta’s solicitor general.

“We believe the sentence you get is the sentence you should serve,” Fred Lindsay announced in a press release.

“Inmates have a greater chance of turning their lives around if they serve their true sentences and complete rehabilitation programs so they don’t re-offend and revictimize Albertans.”

Defence lawyers and some criminologists have voiced their objections to the new federal amendments to the Criminal Code, saying it’s unconstitutional.

Lindsay, along with other solicitor generals in Western Canada, is also urging Ottawa to fast track legislative reforms on bail and allowing police to use wiretap evidence in court.

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