Crime Running Wild – Focus Bill C-75

In this stock photo, a thief opens the door of a car while committing property crime.

According to Sault Ste. Marie Police Services (SSMPS) Chief Hugh Stevenson, a lot of good things came from Bill C-75, but challenging things have happened as a result as well.

“The difficulty we’re having with Bill C-75, in my opinion, is that any new piece of legislation has to have a feedback circle from the people that use it each and every day,” said Stevenson.

“We did a controlled study, pre and post Bill C 75. And we looked at a random selection of offenders. And we found that the release for second, third and fourth release provisions was up 30 to 40% from previous to Bill C-75.”

SSMPS Chief Stevenson understands the community is frustrated; he admits his organization is also feeling the same way. He explained that in some cases now they have to release at the car, instead of holding for bail. He then gave another example.

”So there is a specific problem right now, waiting for me on my desk. I have one person who is charged with a robbery and a weapons offense, who’s been released and charged
since then 33 times. We have people in this community who have been victimized by the same offender, the same day.” said Stevenson.

“It is a consistent theme across the north, where people are being released; not brought into custody, not being given treatment.”

He understands the critics point of view, where it is not always about custody. He knows these individuals need treatment and that sometimes jail will not help. He also knows the deterrence factor of police is not as efficient as it has been in the past.

“Our goal is to prevent crime. Our goal is to prosecute crime and bring people before the courts. The problem is the determined impact of the court system in this community is limited and diminishing. Because that criminal sub-population know full well that they will be released.”

The full interview with Stevenson can be seen on ‘Between the Lines’ tonight at 7 p.m. on ONNTV.


  1. This is really whom is responsible.

    On 29 March 2018, the Honourable Jody Wilson‑Raybould, then Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, introduced Bill C‑75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts,1 in the House of Commons.

  2. I thought Catch and release was suppose to apply to the MNR. Sadly there is no punishment whatsoever for today’s usual suspects. I don’t have a problem with rehabilitation but after or during incarceration not instead of it. Sorry but this soft stance on crime is not working and will never work. The only people who are afraid of the police and the courts are the everyday citizens who don’t commit crimes, not the criminal.

  3. So, is anyone thinking of the individuals that were violated by these crimes. What is the impact, sociological and psychological, on the individuals who are victimized by the criminal behaviors. Are we expected to accept these criminal activities as a norm in our society and in our community? Perhaps, our local police has become desensitized to these behaviors?

  4. Our Justice system is a Joke, you keep seeing the same repeat offenders just getting a slap on the wrist and right back at it the same day.
    The sad part is that most criminals arrested during covid19 won’t see a jail cell and get off with time served.
    People were complaining about criminals in jails getting the Covid shot first when they should in order to keep them behind Bars.

  5. So…I read an article of a certain individual who was arrested for stealing tools near mcnabb. The very next day I see him stealing from the dollar store. Which, according to staff I know there, is pretty much a daily occurrence from this individual and many others. In fact, it’s pretty much an all day every day situation. Deterrent…what a laugh. The staff at the stores can’t do anything but speak at these people… the cops rarely show up to do anything about it… They just get released right back into the public. So basically, as far as I can tell, criminals have more rights than the people they hurt…that makes sense. Poor criminals… having to serve time for having more than one conviction of doing a crime. I did a few crimes in my past…I’ve been to jail… Now I am a full time employee and have been for years. Jail didn’t fix me…some psycho babble didn’t fix me…I just grew up.

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