Constitutional Case Under Review

A superior court justice has reserved a decision that could make it easier for inmates who were incarcerated in the 1990s and before to apply for early parole.

Mason Jenkins killed his sister at a time when Canada still had a Faint Hope clause, a chance at early parole.

Jenkins argued in court in Chatham that easier rules to apply for release should cover his case because they were in effect when he was convicted.

However, Crown Attorney Rob McDonald argues early parole was never a right and Jenkins is serving the same sentence the judge imposed. A date for a decision hasn’t been set.