Tories seek to limit house arrest sentences
The federal Tories have reintroduced legislation that would end the use of house arrest sentences for serious and violent offenders who are convicted of property crimes and other serious offences.
"Our government shares the common-sense belief of Canadians, that the punishment should fit the crime — especially when it comes to serious and violent offences," Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement Thursday.
"This legislation would make it clear to the courts that those who commit serious property and violent offences will serve jail time, and house arrest will no longer be an option."
Crimes that would be ineligible for house arrest if the new bill passes include
breaking and entering, arson, perjury, counterfeiting, fraud, extortion and street racing causing death.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to prorogue Parliament in December scuttled the government's anti-crime legislation, including conditional sentencing reform.