June 28, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

That is a matter of opinion. I believe that the recommendations that had to do with the improvement of the administration of justice ought to have been carried into effect, and so far as youth is concerned, so far as first offenders are concerned, provision should be made whereby it would not be obligatory as it is to-day to put them among old offenders. A system similar to that in the United Kingdom under the Borstal method should be brought into being in this country.
There is one other suggestion I would bring to the attention of the minister. Only recently in Toronto a prisoner sentenced to the penitentiary was taken to the common gaol, and while there a homicide was committed, allegedly by him. I feel a change should be made in the law whereby, when a man is sentenced to penitentiary, he should be forthwith taken there, where measures of security are much greater than in many gaols. As the law is to-day, unless a prisoner signs a waiver of his right of appeal, he remains in the common gaol for a period of thirty days. That, I submit, should be done away with, and provision should be made whereby those in authority may send prisoners sentenced to penal institutions to the penitentiary pending the period during which the appeal should take place.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS-THEFT FROM POST OFFICE-FRAUD IN SALES OF MILITARY STORES-APPEALS FROM SUMMARY CONVICTIONS IN QUEBEC
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