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REVIEW OF THE CONSERVATIVE REFORMS TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

“The reforms have compounded pressures on the criminal justice system and have led to an increase in challenges pursuant to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. There were 64 mandatory minimum penalties in the Criminal Code and nine mandatory minimums in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Since 2005, 51 code offences were amended to either increase existing mandatory penalties or introduce a new one. Justice Department officials were tracking more than 100 constitutional challenges to mandatory minimum penalties alone.”

Source: Reforms have compounded pressures on Canada’s criminal justice system: memo – National | Globalnews.ca

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