June 30, 1965 (26th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. D. S. Macdonald (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Justice):

1. (a) 387
executed; (b) 257 sentences commuted.
Note: With respect to part (a), it should be noted, if comparing this figure with statistics previously given by years, that the total yields one more than the addition of the individual years because of the omission of one case in 1954 which has now been corrected.
2. (a) 33 inmates: 4, 1 year; 1, 4 years;
2, 5 years; 3, 6 years; 1, 7 years; 3, 9 years;
3, 10 years; 1, 11 years; 1, 12 years; 1, 14 years; 1, 15 years; 1, 16 years; 5, 18 years; 1, 19 years; 1, 28 years; 1, 30 years; 1, 40 years; 1, 41 years; 1, 46 years; total 33.
(b) 94 inmates: 9, 1 year; 6, 2 years; 7, 3 years; 8, 4 years; 9, 5 years; 9, 6 years; 6, 7 years; 7, 8 years; 3, 9 years; 3, 10 years; 4, 11 years; 3, 12 years; 2, 14 years;

June 30, 1965
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2, 15 years; 2, 18 years; 1, 19 years; 1, 24 years; 1, 26 years; 1, 29 years; 1, 30 years; 1, 33 years; 2, 34 years; 1, 37 years; 2, 40 years; 1, 41 years; 2, 43 years.
(c) 108 released: 1 between 2 and 3 years;
I between 3 and 4 years; 3 between 5 and 6 years; 3 between 6 and 7 years; 4 between 7 and 8 years; 6 between 8 and 9 years; 5 between 9 and 10 years; 6 between 10 and
II years; 9 between 11 and 12 years; 11 between 12 and 13 years; 2 between 13 and 14 years; 15 between 14 and 15 years; 20 between 15 and 16 years; 6 between 16 and 17 years; 6 between 17 and 18 years; 4 between 18 and 19 years; 2 between 19 and 20 years; 4 over 20 years.
3. Nine of those persons who were released by parole or ticket of leave had to be returned to prison.
Note: In comparing the number of commuted sentences with the total of those who died in custody, are still in custody and those released, it should be noted that the latter figures do not include those who were commuted and were committed to mental institutions. In addition, records were destroyed in the fire of June 1962, at St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary, so that the documentation is not complete. The National Parole Board also reports that no assurance can be given that its records are complete for the earlier years.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CONVICTIONS AND EXECUTIONS FOR MURDER
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