Jensen Low’s criminal defense attorney in Kamloops, Joe Killoran, says Ebbie’s plan won’t push more dangerous people off the streets.
“I think the idea that we’re trying to address this root cause by limiting bail doesn’t do much,” he said. Some of the “prolific offenders” are people who have already been detained and spent a lot of time in prison. Prison doesn’t and won’t fix anything. It never does.
He says it’s far cheaper to provide vulnerable people with adequate housing and addiction support than to imprison them. About $110,000 a year, about $73,000 a year in BC.
“I understand the satisfaction of having someone on the street put me in danger. Let’s lock them up. It costs — it’s more expensive than housing them — and then you have to figure out what to do,’ said Killoran. You’ve taken him away from all social support, isolated him, and engaged in punitive behavior that doesn’t do any good.Now what?What about when he or she comes out?
Killoran also disputes the term ‘catch and release’, which is being talked about in Kamloops as well as in the state media. Police say they arrested the person and saw them on the street shortly after.
“There was a former police chief who likes to say Sid Leckie. says Killoran. “There is no catch and release. Clients are detained on a regular basis. We have criteria based on the Supreme Court of Canada and criminal law, and they seek release for one of three reasons: failure to appear in court; Otherwise, their release would undermine confidence in the administration of justice.”
in an interview late Tuesday afternoon CFJC todaynew Kamloops RCMP manager Jeff Perry responded to allegations that no catch-and-release was taking place.
Police sometimes challenge multiple offenders who reoffend shortly after being released, he said, and the RCMP has little control over how offenders are treated in the judicial process.
“It was not our decision to put them in prison. “There have been some successes,” Perry said. We repeatedly release repeat offenders, or what we call high-value offenders, into the community, and we continue to focus on them. “
Killoran added: The choice then is whether to detain the person for three months without trial. This is how long it takes before you get bail review. Put someone in jail for 90 days without trial? If I get arrested, I want a chance to get bail. ”
The BC Attorney General’s Office responded: CFJC today Email us an insight into the current bail process.
“Under criminal law, everyone arrested for a crime has the legal right to be released by the police or brought before a judge as soon as possible for a bail hearing,” the email read. rice field.
Furthermore, “the penal code obliges the police and judges to exercise the ‘principle of restraint’ and to release the accused at the earliest possible opportunity under the least onerous conditions he can reasonably comply with. I am asking you to consider it first,” he added.
For Kamloops residents who are concerned about their safety in the community, Killoran says it’s justified. But he says people just need help.
“If you think of them as fellow citizens of Kamloops, people who are going through a very difficult time, I think we will approach them from what we can do as a society, as a community, to help them and make them feel safer. I think we will come to solutions in healthcare, safe medicine supply, housing and so on.”