Status: Bill 18 introduced on June 1
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General

Overview

Bill 18, Corrections (Alberta Parole Board) Amendment Act, 2020 has been introduced to create an Alberta Parole Board to provide a fairer, faster and more responsible justice system that helps end the ‘revolving door’ that enables repeat offenders to target Albertans, particularly in rural areas.

If passed, Bill 18 will ensure parole decisions reflect crime trends and local priorities to better protect communities and address Albertans’ concerns that repeat offenders are increasing crime.

Key changes

If passed, Bill 18 will amend the Corrections Act to:

  • establish an Alberta Parole Board
  • allow the lieutenant-governor the power to appoint board members

Once established, the Alberta Parole Board would:

  • consist of members with specific knowledge of crime trends and resources in their area – while there is no cap on the number of board members, the term of appointment would not exceed five years.
  • determine parole eligibility for people serving a sentence of less than two years in provincial correctional facilities – the Parole Board of Canada would continue making parole decisions for inmates in federal institutions, which are for sentences of two years or more
  • be responsible for imposing conditions on provincial offenders
  • supervise provincial parolees
    • community probation officers, with localized knowledge and ties to the community in which they work, will closely monitor offenders released on parole
    • provincial correctional centre caseworkers and probation officers will continue to do much of the same work for the Alberta Parole Board that they already do for the federal parole board

Next steps

If passed, Bill 18 would come into effect after receiving royal assent.

Once recruitment begins, the board could be in place and operating as of January 1, 2021.

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