Rapist Robert Joseph VanBraeckel reconnected with a former victim:
VanBraeckel was released from prison May 28 and settled in Listowel. He returned to his hometown of Harrow to attend a court date in regard to the custody of his two children. On June 5 he saw his sexual assault victim outside a restaurant on Main Street smoking a cigarette. He stared at her and then crossed the road and came within a few feet of her. She was frozen in place, terrified, said Gary Nikota, assistant Crown attorney. VanBraeckel grabbed his crotch and smiled at the woman.For this demonstration of how well rehabilitated he was, Mr. VanBraeckel was sentenced to a further 18 months in prison.
But the hand-wringers were gratified to learn that he received 8 months credit for "time served", so he'll only spend 10 months in prison.
Since 1971, the goal of the Canadian justice system has been rehabilitation of offenders; to be a personality spa for criminals.
"Punishment" is viewed as barbaric.
"Justice" is apparently an outmoded notion.
Protecting society is not part of the equation.
Harm done to victims is somebody else's problem.
This is the point where one of the bleeding heart hand-wringers would accuse me -- eyes bulging with self-righteous adrenalin rush, voice quavering with righteous indignation -- of wanting offenders in Canada horsewhipped in the public square.
No, I don't.
And this is the point where the advocates of criminals would accuse me of championing "mandatory minimums."
That would be an incorrect assumption. I do not support mandatory minimums.
I do, however, support sentencing violent criminals to long stretches of prison time.
I'm not the only person who thinks the Canadian justice system is a joke.
Ask Windsor, Ontario drug dealer Adam Peltier how well the system has rehabilitated him; how well it's dissuaded him from a life of crime.
A newspaper article detailing Peltier's latest arrest for drug possession (this, while he's currently on trial for another drug charge, after having been arrested and convicted in the past on drug charges) describes him as a "drug dealer known for taunting police".
I'm sure the Matlock federal drug prosecutor, Richard Pollock, involved in the trial has contributed to Peltier's sense that he's in the custody of clowns. Pollock delved deep into his law training to make the following public statement about Peltier's latest arrest: "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get."
So, the public interest is in capable hands!
Clearly, Pollock got his knowledge from the streets!
So, our Cosby-sweatered, hand-wringing rehabilitation advocates continue to have their way -- slaps on the wrist and to bed with no dinner for our rapists and drug dealers.
In the words of one I've had contact with: "If someone like that ever murdered me I would want them to be helped and rehabilitated and not locked in a jail cell for the rest of their life."
Give that man a Cosby sweater!
Maybe these rapists and drug dealers will "see the light" while in prison and return to society to compose concertos that will cure cancer and banish despair from our collective experience.
I'm sure the rehabilitationists are satisfied if some of these miscreants merely return to their hovels, to lead lives of quiet dignity, masturbating to the child models in the kids clothing section of the Sears catalogue.