McGuinty Government Cracks Down on High-Risk Offenders

    Province Calls On Federal Government To Bring Laws Into 21st Century

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty today
announced his government is taking more steps to protect Ontario families by
cracking down on high-risk offenders, and the Premier called on the federal
government to do its part.
    "Ontario is moving forward to build safer communities by protecting our
kids and our families from dangerous and long-term offenders," said Premier
McGuinty. "It's time for the federal government to do its part by bringing
high-risk offender laws into the 21st century."

    The McGuinty government is helping to protect Ontario families by:

    -  Creating six specialized regional teams to enhance the prosecution and
       management of dangerous and long-term offenders
    -  Stepping up efforts to monitor repeat offenders in the community upon
       completion of their sentences and notifying victims of their release
    -  Convening a roundtable of experts to consult on the best ways to
       manage high-risk offenders, and
    -  Calling on the federal government to conduct a full-scale review of
       all of its high-risk offender legislation.

    The McGuinty government will invest $21.5 million over five years in
these new high-risk offender initiatives.
    A total of 21 staff will be assigned to the High-Risk Offender
Prosecution Teams, including eight prosecutors, as well as victim service
workers, case presentation specialists and support staff.
    Six new Ontario Provincial Police officers will be assigned to monitor
high-risk offenders after they are released from custody and nine new officers
will gather intelligence inside correctional institutions.
    "We look forward to working with the federal government to strengthen
Canada's high-risk offender laws," said Attorney General Michael Bryant.
    "These initiatives will help ensure our justice partners have the tools
they need to police and prosecute high-risk offenders and help keep our
communities safe," said Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Monte Kwinter.

    Getting tough on high-risk offenders is part of the government's plan to
build strong, safe communities for families. Other measures include:

    -  Introducing a $68-million Guns and Gangs strategy, including a new
       operations centre and several justice initiatives to cut down on crime
    -  Investing $37 million annually in the Safer Communities - 1,000
       Officers Partnership Program which put 1,000 new officers into our
       communities, including 30 dedicated to dangerous offenders
    -  Providing $28 million for 200 new OPP officers, including 53 dedicated
       to targeting illegal guns
    -  Cracking down on street racing and other aggressive and dangerous
       driving with the Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act, and
    -  Launching the $28.5-million Youth Opportunities Strategy to help young
       people, especially those in marginalized and stigmatized communities,
       achieve a brighter future.

    "Working together with Ontarians, we've made a lot of progress when it
comes to building strong, safe communities," said Premier McGuinty. "But we
know there's more to do - so we're going to keep working with our justice
partners, schools, parents and all levels of government to protect Ontario

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