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So today my blog post about the history of criminal records was featured in the Globe and Mail. In that post, I talked about how the pardon system used to be administered by a special committee of Cabinet. Pardons were handed out by that committee and the National Parole Board was merely a recommending body. That all changed in 1992, when changes to the Criminal Records Act made the National Parole Board the exclusive administrative body to issue or grant pardons. The National Parole Board is supposed to be independent and impartial from others (e.g. Cabinet). Here’s where what I wrote in my blog was mentioned:
It used to be that the RCMP would contact neighbours, employers and others to check up on applicants for pardons, according to Toronto lawyer Michael Carabash, who is writing a book on pardons. The decision to grant or deny a pardon belonged, until 1992, to a special committee of cabinet, based on a recommendation from the parole board. It is now entirely within the board’s purview.
Be sure to check out all 14 blog posts which I’ve written so far about criminal records in Canada. Also, my book (entitled “Erase Your Criminal Record”) should be coming out in a few months…