A lot of Primetime crime talk

There’s a jam-packed agenda for tonight’s installment of the Alberta Primetime crime panel. It’s a longshot that Fred Rayner, David Andrews and I will get to everything, but whatever we manage to cover promises to produce a lively discussion. Here’s the tentative line-up:

  • A decision issued by a Queen’s Bench justice declaring that a group of inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre had their Charter rights violated when they were subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment” while in custody in 1999. The decision cited overcrowding and other aspects of their treatment.
  • A look at the latest Statistics Canada numbers, which show that Calgary and Edmonton each have fewer police officers per capita than the national average.
  • Provincial Justice Minister Alison Redford’s recent comments about the possibility of using electronic ankle bracelets to monitor offenders out on bail, and to ensure that domestic abusers and sex offenders are obeying conditions restricting their movements.
  • A move by residents of a Calgary neighbourhood, who posted signs stating a convicted sex offender was living in their community.

(Alberta Primetime airs live at 7 p.m. MST on Access TV: Channel 13 in Calgary; Channel 351 on Bell TV; Channel 267 on Shaw Direct/Star Choice. You can visit the show’s segment archive to view past discussions about crime and other topics.)

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