After it had been announced that Tori Stafford's killer, Terri-Lynne McClintic was being moved from prison to a healing lodge, it didn't take long for Canadians to condemn the decision. The heated response resulted in McClintic being sent back to her old prison located in Edmonton last week. Unfortunately, it seems that the McClintic situation isn't unique and these kinds of transfers have been going on for years.
According to Public Safety Canada, over 20 child murderers have been transferred to a healing lodge under both Liberal and Conservative governments since 2011. The offenders in question have offences related to the first or second-degree murder of a person aged between 0-18 years old.
CBC News found that from 2011 to 2018, there has been a steady flow of convicted killers entering healing lodges. Growing each year up until now, which most likely has to do with the backlash the McClintic situation resulted in, as she was supposed to be admitted into a healing lodge for the 2018/2019 year:
If you are curious as to why this process hasn't been shared with the public, CBC News spoke with Brock Harrison, who spoke on behalf of Andrew Scheer claiming "individual correctional transfer often only become known if a family member or someone connected to the case makes it public." This would explain Terri-Lynne McClintic's transfer hitting the news after Tori Stafford's dad pleaded to Trudeau through the press to reverse the decision.
While the current residents in the healing lodge aren't known to the public as of now, Canadians made it clear that they believed the system needed an update. At the very least, the vetting process should be improved and more communication with the public about these types of cases is necessary.
How this was acceptable under any government is beyond me. Makes you wonder what other crazy decisions get made that the public are completely unaware of. Good job on this.— tammy clough (@tammyclough2) November 13, 2018
If there is any positive to come out of the situation, it's that Terri-Lynne's attempt to switch from prison to a healing lodge resulted in a media firestorm that pushed the Canadian government to change.
The Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale announced the introduction of stricter policies when it came to transferring inmates to healing lodges. The transfer will also have to be approved by Correctional Service Canada's deputy commissioner.
While the new rules won't bring Tori Stafford back or any of the children killed by those currently living in the lodges, at the very least it makes sure that the right inmates are being sent to these lodges in the first place.
Source: CBC News