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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Criminal Responsibility = Day Parole

Now that's a change to the criminal justice system that makes no sense whatever. Last year a "Commissioner's Directive" was issued giving all-encompassing powers of decision-making to prison wardens. Powers which meant that wardens would be able to ignore the recommendations of the Parole Board of Canada. The idea was to enhance and enlarge upon the existing authority in the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.

And that change has been hugely beneficial to a murderer whom the warden at Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford, British Columbia granted permission to an application for an "escorted temporary absence". The very application that convicted murderer, Elaine Rose Cece, was earlier denied by the Parole Board.

She was turned down for a simple reason. The board felt she lacked insight into the crime she had committed. She drove a knife into the chest of a Toronto police officer as he was seated in his surveillance van parked at a Scarborough strip mall. She had an accomplice, and with her accomplice planned to ambush Det.-Const. William Hancox in August 1999.

Mary Barbara Taylor and Elaine Rose Cece, lovers at the time, had conspired to murder Det.-Const.Hancox, but it was Ms. Cece, 41 years of age at the time, who plunged that 12-inch butcher's knife through the van window into the 32-year-old policeman's chest. He was married, had an infant child, and his wife was expecting their second child.

For the murder, the penalty for Ms. Cece was 16 years in prison for second-degree murder. She was within three years of full parole eligibility. In her interview with the Parole Board she described the deadly event in the third person, even though board members prompted her to speak in the first person singular; she was, after all, the deadly assailant.

"...but she either couldn't or wouldn't, and continued telling the story as a witness", recounted Kim Hancox-Spencer, the officer's widow. Her mixed response to prison programs and "issues with drugs and alcohol abuse", along with her unwillingness to take full responsibility for the murder she had committed, convinced the Parole Board to turn down her application.

Now their recommendation has been turned aside. 

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Blogger Floyd Wiebe said...

When two of the killers (Anthony Pulsifer – who James Jewell arrested and got his full confession & Chad Handsor) of my son, TJ Wiebe received prison sentences of Life with NO possibility of parole for 15 years for 2nd Degree murder, and one (Dominic Urichen) received 13.5 years in prison for Conspiracy, little did I know that that didn’t mean what it said. Inmates incarcerated for second-degree murder become eligible for consideration for UNESCORTED temporary absences and day parole three years before their full parole eligibility date. Who knew? Plus, I found out that Urichen, is automatically released, BY LAW, after serving two-thirds of his sentence if they have not already been released on parole. Urichen has been refused parole thus far. He gets out in April, a few months from now, even though he’s only served 9 1/2 years.In fact there isn’t even a hearing, and we cannot attend, its a rubber stamp release. At his last parole hearing, he told the parole board, “I do not even know why I am in jail. I know I set up the murder, but I didn’t kill the guy, so why am I even here?” Yep, you heard it right. Yet even with that attitude, he AUTOMATICALLY gets out in April. He has done absolutely nothing to improve himself whatsoever and takes no responsibility, yet he can’t serve his sentence fully.

This is all based on keeping the people of our great country guessing. I was told that even the judges and crown attorney’s don’t know these little “Commissioners Directives” that come out.

I have been in MANY trials, and not once is parole. escorted or unescorted passes ever mentioned. Juries are asked to recommend prison sentences, and guess what, are they told these early release powers? NOT A CHANCE. Is it not fair to the jury to inform them?

If you want to see the craziness in sentencing and trials visit my son’s case here:

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