Yukon MP Larry Bagnell to introduce FASD criminal code amendment
Yukon MP Larry Bagnell hopes to do what his Conservative predecessor could not: convince his own party to amend the criminal code with provisions for offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Larry Bagnell’s bill would give judges the ability to order supports for offenders who are diagnosed with FASD during sentencing.
“It will allow them to have different treatment during sentencing — treatment that’s more appropriate to their condition,” Bagnell told CBC’sA New Day host Sandi Coleman.
“You can imagine these people have a very terrible time in life, a struggle in life,” he said.
“To add to their suffering by having a mismatch in their condition in the justice system is just, humanitarian-wise, unconscionable.”
Bill likely to pass?
Bagnell says the bill has a lot of support in the Yukon.
“Judges have been asking for this for a long time. A number of them see it as a revolving door,” he said.
“Yukon has been way out in front of the country in understanding the condition.”
Bagnell expects the bill will go before parliament within a year. He acknowledges that might seem like a long time.
“It is for people with FASD, but they’ve been waiting a lot longer than that, so I think that they would be pretty excited if this gets through.”
Bagnell has high hopes this bill will pass, noting that “everyone from every party spoke in favour” of Leef’s bill. Bagnell also notes that there is a new cast in Parliament now.
“Hopefully they will have even better understanding and sentiment towards this sad and unfortunate condition and be very supportive.”
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CBC News Posted: Mar 01, 2016 11:16 AM CT