Our crime busting PM is outraged because former hockey coach Graham James, convicted of sexual offences against a minor, diligently applied for and received a pardon as soon as the law provides, namely, after remaining crime free for five years after the expiry of the sentence imposed, including any period of probation following the prison term. Why does this indicate the system is in any way broken? Instead of shrilly criticizing the pardon system to gain political advantage the government should ensure the provisions of the law governing pardons are effectively applied. They include the obligation to thoroughly verify the applicant’s good behaviour before granting a pardon for serious crimes as well as the power to revoke a pardon in the case of recidivism.
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