Even convicted criminals have families, that's why Correctional Services of Canada (CSC) spent $15,000 getting sex offender Donnie Snook to Newfoundland for his father's funeral. Snook is a former city councilor in Saint John, New Brunswick. He was arrested in 2013 and convicted of 46 charges relating to child sex abuse and child pornography. He is currently serving an 18-year sentence for his crimes in Saint John.
In recent record's obtained by CBC, Corrections reveal that they paid to have Snook and two officers sent to St. John's, Newfoundland to attend Snook's dad's funeral, which was held on March 1. Snook was granted an escorted temporary absence to attend the service.
CBC reports that during the trip to Newfoundland, Snook was only permitted to go to certain locations, while being escorted by two guards. Overnight he stayed in the provincial penitentiary there. Nonetheless, the trip wasn't cheap.
According to the records from CSC, the total price tag on the escorted trip was $15,183.16. This total price includes:
- $5,852.70 for flights for Snook and the two escort officers
- $94.50 in baggage fees
- $138.60 in fees to a travel company
- $720.80 for food for the two officers
- $173.60 for food for Snook
- $978.56 for hotels, rental car, and airport parking for the two officers
- $6,829.61 for overtime pay for the two officers during the trip
While CBC reports that Snook may be required to cover some of these expenses, in hearing news that so much was spent on a convicted, child-sex offender, Canadian taxpayers are outraged.
In Canada, this absence, which was granted to Snook is known as compassionate release. It is one of the types of escorted temporary absences that CSC can grant. According to the CSC website, other temporary absences are approved for "medical, administrative, community service, family contact, parental responsibility, personal development (rehabilitation), or compassionate reasons."
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