Sunday, November 14, 2010

Canada: Cost of Mercy To Increase?

CTV News reports that the cost of a pardon "would triple to $150 under a proposal from the federal parole board." The increase is justified via considerations of "inflation, processing costs and the volume of pardon applications" which has "increased significantly since the mid-1990s when the current fee was set." In 2008-09, the board received more than 36,000 applications! CTV also reports that a former hockey coach, Graham James, "was pardoned for sex crimes in 2007, a fact that did not become public knowledge until it was revealed by The Canadian Press last April." See full story here.

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