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Car thieves won't be able to serve jail sentences at home

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OTTAWA – Car thieves will no longer be able to serve their jail terms at home, Attorney General Rob Nicholson said today.

The final part of the government’s latest crime bill take effect today, meaning judges can no longer hand out conditional sentences for serious and violent crimes.

That includes car theft, kidnapping, sexual assault and human trafficking, the import, export, trafficking or production of drugs, and crimes which use a weapon. It also includes crimes such as theft over $5,000 and breaking and entering.

The crime bill, known as the Safe Streets and Communities Act, passed last winter and received Royal Assent in mid March. However it took some time for individual elements to come into force.

The entire bill is now enacted, including new mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes, renaming "pardons" as "record suspensions" and no longer allowing them for serious crimes. Other provisions in the bill affected the Youth Criminal Justice Act to ensure protection of society was considered when dealing with repeat young offenders, and to allow young people to be held without bail if they are charged with a serious crime.

 

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