Tory cracks down on violent offenders

    TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - Ontario PC Leader John Tory said today that his
government will expand the availability of electronic surveillance bracelets
in Ontario to include high risk offenders, sexual predators and domestic
    "We need to give the people who keep our streets safe the most up to date
tools possible to keep dangerous offenders under control and away from
potential victims," Tory said. "If a domestic abuser has been ordered to stay
away from a victim, we want to know that's happening. If a sexual predator is
ordered to stay away from schools, I want the police to know the minute that
condition is breached."
    Right now, Ontario uses electronic surveillance bracelets on a limited
basis, generally restricted to non-violent offenders. Tory says his government
will expand the availability of this technology to keep track of high risk

    A Progressive Conservative government will immediately invest $6 million
to establish the infrastructure for the first 500 electronic surveillance
units and will expand their availability for use at a judge's discretion with:

    -   Individuals charged with serious crimes and free on bail;
    -   High risk offenders who have been charged with or convicted of
        homicide, gun crimes, sexual assault and are out on parole; and
    -   Domestic abusers.

    Tory will also double the resources of the provincial Repeat Offenders
Parole Enforcement squad, so that this specialized team can expand its reach
and bring more people who are unlawfully at large back into the confines of
the correctional system. A PC government will keep more dangerous offenders
behind bars by using a special team of prosecutors to navigate the complex
process of getting a dangerous-offender order in place, and we will provide
more prosecution resources by hiring 50 new Crown Attorneys.
    "The time for excuses is over," Tory said.  "It's time for action. It's
time to put new technology to work for a safer Ontario, and deliver safer
communities across our province."

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