Monday, October 27, 2008

Alberta Fighting for Tighter Federal Bail System

Alberta's justice minister plans to spend a lot of time in Ottawa this fall, arguing that bail legislation needs to be sharpened so confidence in the justice system isn't undermined by the release of suspects charged with serious crimes.

Alison Redford says she will urge the federal government to give judges the flexibility to detain more people, fearing their release in cases of serious crimes could "bring the administration of justice into disrepute."

Redford has been talking extensively with her counterparts in B.C. and Saskatchewan -- and plans to speak to other provincial and territorial ministers -- in a bid to win support for Alberta's initiative.

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