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Experts decry tougher parole law from Tories

Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

South of the Canadian border, where 32 U.S. states still have the death penalty, critics call it the “living death” penalty.

Life without parole, or “LWOP” as it is known, is the latest, harshest American-style mandatory minimum penalty the federal government plans to import to Canada.

Sentencing experts say mandatory LWOP has been a costly failure in the U.S., packing its prisons with nearly 50,000 parole-ineligible inmates. Many are unlikely to reoffend, some committed non-violent offences (mostly drug crimes) and about 2,500 “whole lifers” were juveniles...