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Encyclopedia > Dangerous offender

In the Canadian legal system, the dangerous offender designation allows the courts to impose an indefinite sentence on a convicted person, regardless of whether the crime carries a life sentence or not. The purpose of the legislation is to detain offenders who are deemed too dangerous to be released into society (e.g. sexual predators) but whose sentences would not necessarily keep them incarcerated under other legislation, such as the Correctional and Conditional Release Act. Under 761(1) of the Criminal Code, the National Parole Board of Canada is required to review the case of an offender with a dangerous offender label after seven years, and parole may be granted as circumstances warrant, but the offender would remain under supervision indefinitely. According to Corrections Canada, on average 24 dangerous offenders are admitted to the Canadian prison system each year. Paul Bernardo is perhaps Canada's best known dangerous offender, yet it is unlikely he would ever have been released even without this designation, since he received life sentences for first-degree murder. The Canadian court system is made up of many courts differing in levels of legal superiority and separated by jurisdiction. ... Life imprisonment is a term used for a particular kind of sentence of imprisonment. ... The National Parole Board of Canada is an agency which operates under the auspices of of the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. ... Parole can have different meanings depending on the context. ... The Correctional Service of Canada is the government agency responsible for the federal prison and parole system in Canada. ... Karla Homolka & Paul Bernardo on their wedding day Paul Kenneth Bernardo (he later assumed the name Paul Teale) (born August 27, 1964 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian serial killer, known for the murders he committed with his wife Karla Homolka. ...

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  • Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada: Dangerous offender designation



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