R v. Summers, April 11: Under the Truth in Sentencing Act, the government tried to stop judges from routinely giving extra credit to offenders for the time they serve in custody before sentencing.
Ruling: 7-0 that judges have discretion under the act to routinely give 1.5 days credit for every day served.
R v. Whaling, March 20: The government (Justice Minister Peter MacKay pictured above) took away access to early parole from non-violent, first-time federal offenders, including those already sentenced.
Ruling: 8-0 that the law must not be applied retroactively.
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