Ottawa asking Canadians to weigh in on sentencing reform

The Justice Department wants to know what Canadians think of changing some of the former Conservative government’s controversial tough-on-crime sentencing legacy, including mandatory minimum penalties. An online survey asks respondents to judge several unique scenarios, such as a brain-damaged offender whose condition leads to poor decision-making skills, or a single mother whose children were placed in foster care after her arrest. Once respondents choose a course of action, the survey notes that currently, a judge would have no choice but to imprison the convicted offender for a minimum period of time. The Canadian Press Global News, 2017-08-17