Ungh. This guy.
Stephen Harper proposes bill to deny parole for some murderers
I'm thinking that denying parole actually increases recidivism, for a couple of reasons:
1. Without the chance for parole, there is less incentive for the convicted to cooperate with correctional programs. There's no carrot of getting out earlier.
2. Without the parole itself, there is no supervision once they do get out. During the parole period, the convicted are still under supervision, until the expiry of their term. Without a parole period, going straight to the end of their term, they get to walk out the front door under no supervision whatsoever.
So there's no reason to participate in correctional programs to prepare them for life on the outside, and there's less supervision when they get out.
Not to mention that the parole period itself is a readjustment period to life on the outside, going from the strict controls and structure of jail, to eventually no controls, and no outside structure. To go from one extreme to the other -- full freedom without the training to handle it -- of course some are going to fall back into old, bad patterns.
So yeah. Denying parole will increase recidivism, which is what we're all scared about. IMHO, anyway. And what do I know?
But hey -- good politics. And it'll be years before we see this to be a disastrous mistake, right?