Two years ago, a federal task force report titled "A Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety" recommended the federal government end statutory release, which has a failure rate of 40%, and replace it with "earned parole."
Today, an offender working hard at rehabilitation is often treated no differently than an offender who is seeking only to continue his criminal lifestyle," the report concluded. Many violent criminals "have no interest in rehabilitation and are content to 'wait out' the system," until they reach statutory release.
The panel believes that any arbitrary release that is not made based on rehabilitation is counter-productive and, when aggravated by shorter sentences, reduces public safety.
PM Stephen Harper should implement it, although realistically, it would take a Conservative majority government to do so.