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[np_storybar title=”Emotional Stephen Harper tears up over controversial bill to keep mentally ill murderers in prison longer” link=”http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/08/emotional-stephen-harper-tears-up-over-controversial-bill-to-keep-mentally-ill-murderers-in-prison-longer/”]

New legislation designed to keep mentally ill murderers like Greyhound bus passenger beheader Vince Li and child killer Allan Schoenborn off the streets for longer periods, if not indefinitely, is raising concerns this is little more than a knee-jerk reaction to a few sensational, albeit rare, cases.

Bill C-54, the “Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act” will create a “high risk” designation for those deemed not criminally responsible for committing a particularly brutal offence or one that resulted in a serious personal injury that raises the likelihood of further violence.

Those given the high-risk designation will be barred from obtaining a conditional or absolute discharge that would allow them to live freely in the community, and the designation can only be revoked by the courts on the recommendation of a provincial or territorial…

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