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L'Emprisonnement Avec Sursis au Quebec: Impact de Larret Proulx

NCJ Number
Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice Volume: 51 Issue: 3 Dated: July 2009 Pages: 277-302
Sandra Lehalle; Pierre Landreville; Mathieu Charest
Date Published
July 2009
26 pages
This study presented the descriptive and analytical findings from unpublished, empirical research on conditional sentencing in the Province of Quebec, Canada.
Results indicate that the Proulx judgment has had an important impact in Quebec regarding the judicial and administrative practices involved in conditional sentencing. Conditional sentencing, introduced in Canada in 1996 to reduce the practice of incarceration for sentences of less than 2 years, allows a convicted offender to serve his or her prison sentence within the community. This study focused on the changes to probation with respect to the Proulx judgment, pronounced in 2000 by the Supreme Court of Canada, and the management framework for this measure, implemented throughout Quebec in 2001. Findings have led to considerable data on the evolution of conditional sentencing with respect to the clientele, the sentences, and most of all, the court-imposed conditions for conditional sentences, particularly house arrest and curfew. The breach of conditions and re-offending by convicted offenders, and the management of these relapses, complete this portrait of the use, the successes, and the failures of conditional sentencing in Quebec. Tables, notes, references, and appendixes


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