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Changes to legislation aim to strengthen correctional system – The Western Star

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —

On the surface, amendments now on the table at the House of Assembly for the Correctional Services Act look like housekeeping.

There are plenty of spot changes in the legal language. The name of the department is being corrected to the Department of Justice and Public Safety, for example. The term “aboriginal” is being replaced by “Indigenous.” A reference to cannabis as an illicit drug is being removed.

The changes made their way through second reading in the House on Thursday, and Justice and Public Safety Minister Andrew Parsons said the hope is to get it all approved in the coming days.

But understanding the true significance means following the bouncing ball.

The changes are to a piece of legislation that received royal assent in 2011 but was never, thereafter, proclaimed and brought into force.

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