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Growing use of intermittent sentences worsens overcrowding, says Quebec ombudsperson

Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 9:18 AM | By Luis Millan

A dramatic rise in the use of intermittent sentences has exacerbated overcrowding in Quebec correctional facilities, leading to difficult detention conditions, security problems and human rights violations, says a special report by the Quebec ombudsperson.

Amendments to the Criminal Code in the past 10 years have led to an increase in the number of mandatory minimum prison sentences and a decrease in the number of offences with suspended prison terms which in turn led to a steady surge in the number of intermittent sentences issued by...