Talk about abuse of the system. Personal development? Give us a break.
OTTAWA -- The mother of a teenaged son who was brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat is outraged the killer has bypassed the parole system and won a day-pass program from the prison's warden.
Rosalie Turcotte was shocked to receive a call from the Correctional Service of Canada this week advising her Zachary Finley was granted a temporary absence program for "personal development."
Now an inmate at the Montee Saint-Francois Institution in Laval, Que., he has withdrawn his application to go before the National Parole Board 11 times and is now scheduled for a hearing in 2009.
"The reason he obviously did that is because he's starting a program of release into the community instead of going to the National Parole Board where he's probably not going to succeed," Turcotte said in an interview from her home in British Columbia.
"The warden makes the decision without any public scrutiny or accountability. This is a back-door way of Corrections starting to release them into the community without having any scrutiny of the decision."
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