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COVID-19 and Temporary Absence Permits

In Ontario, provincial inmates can apply for Temporary Absence Permits (“TAPs”), which could take on a more important role during the COVID-19 outbreak. TAPs allow inmates to leave the institution for a certain period of time, but only if the…

What is earned remission?

Earned remission allows offenders serving custodial sentences to be release prior to the end of their sentences. Earned remission for federal inmates (those serving sentences of 2+ years) was abolished for those sentenced after November 1, 1992. It was replaced…

When can I apply for a record suspension?

The waiting period depends on whether the Crown proceeded summarily or indictably. Indictable offences are more serious and carry higher maximum sentences. If the Crown proceeded summarily, then the waiting period is 5 years. If the Crown proceeded by indictment,…

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