EDITORIAL: Sentences must protect children

Canada’s crime rate is at a 30-year low, but despite this good news story, people still feel the justice system is too lax on criminals.

Canada’s crime rate is at a 30-year low, but despite this good news story, people still feel the justice system is too lax on criminals.

Recent sentencings, like that of shamed senior RCMP officer Monty Robinson, give credence to people’s cries of foul. For obstructing justice in a hit-and-run death, he received a small conditional sentence and a temporary curfew.

This is in contrast to the sentencing of the Stanley Cup rioters.

Some young men being sentenced for taking part in the riot are receiving seven to nine months jail time for their part.

This may seem either harsh or just in the eyes of the public.

But in comparison, an Abbotsford man recently convicted of child pornography received only 18 months.

A conditional sentence is a common sentence for the crime, even if the perpetrator is not just looking at child porn but distributing it.

Convicted pedophiles usually do see the inside of a jail cell, but sentences range and often aren’t longer than two years.

It is particularly troubling that in this study on crime rates, the offence which saw the largest increase was child pornography, which jumped 40 per cent in 2011 from 2010, say police.

The judicial system doesn’t appear to take sexual crimes against children as seriously as it does rioters.

The provincial government wanted to send a strong message that those who riot will pay for the crime they committed. The message was heard loud and clear by our judges who by B.C. judicial standards, are handing down harsh sentences.

If our government can carry that kind of weight and influence with the provincial judicial system in sending a message of deterrence for rioting, can it not send an even stronger message to protect our children from predators?

– Black Press

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