Why are dangerous sex offenders released from jail?
This story was updated on August 19, 2016.
Metro news and others report on Aug. 19, 2016, that Brent Russell Jeffery Pilch was about to be released from jail as police warned he is a high risk to reoffend.
Such reports result in many wondering on public forums: why are sex offenders who are considered to still be dangerous released from jail?
It’s a question others have asked before, like when news broke that Ryan James Gabourie, a convicted sex offender who is considered a high risk to become involved in further sexual offences against children, was released from Headingley Correctional Institution on Jan. 9, 2014, and expected to live in Winnipeg.
The Winnipeg Free Press has numerous comments on multiple stories asking why this happens. As “Gordo” posts :
Again, why is he even being released?
If he is a high risk, then keep him in jail and the public is safe.
The legal side
UM Today asked Law professor David Deutscher this question.
“The simple answer to your question,” he says, “is that except for persons sentenced to life imprisonment or persons found to be a dangerous offender and sentenced to an indeterminate sentence, Canadian law requires that every person sentenced to jail be released at some point in time.
There are some provisions that may provide some controls for a period of time after release, but they do not include incarceration. There is not enough information in the article to know what controls may have been available for this person.”