Many individuals arrested in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean are released on a promise to appear, rather than being systematically incarcerated.
Selonc that The Awe Times s has learned, that decision is intended to save money, but management denies it has a link with the costs of the transfer of detainees to the new prison Roberval.
The direction of the Saguenay public security is examining various scenarios to mitigate the financial impact of this new reality, but no decision has yet been taken.
"In reviewing our practices with respect to detention, we also want to be more effective and enforce the Criminal Code," said Captain Marc Senechal.
The document to section 497 obligations to be met by peace officers for release and criteria to justify a detention before.
"The Criminal Code states that the general rule is the release says Marc Senechal captain of the Saguenay police. We realized after analysis that had perhaps forgotten these obligations then in recent years. So we made a call to our team leaders at the end of January. "
Saguenay criminologists have also seen changes.
"About a third of my clientele weekend was released on a promise in recent weeks," said Mr. Dominic Bouchard. "Normally, these individuals then would have ended up in a cell."
These changes affect more individuals who break their conditions of release.
"If it is only a matter of budget and that calls into freedom of people who might have been detained because of their dangerousness, it becomes worrying as citizens, says Mr. Bouchard. I just hope we do not take such risks. "
Jean-Marc Fradette welcomes, meanwhile, the Saguenay police.
"We must encourage the use of judgment by the police because incarcerating someone for nothing, that will be released three days later, I think it is not something very good for the system," says Me Fradette.