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No justice in conditional sentences

By Gordon Kent

Conditional sentences and outraged crime victims often seem to go together like a ball and chain. Virtually every day someone facing jail in Edmonton is allowed to serve their time at home, a move often denounced as inadequate punishment for offences that can involve violence, major thefts and death.

“It’s basically a slap on the wrist, and that’s why there are so many criminals running around,” says Jane Krysa, seriously injured in October 2002 when her car was struck by hit-and-run driver Jon Robert Johnson. “Punishment is not taken seriously anymore. Thirty years ago, people were put in jail and made to serve their sentence.”

Read the original article at: The Edmonton Journal

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