Cost of doing crime going up

Anyone convicted of a crime will soon have to pay the fine or do the time.

APTN National News
Anyone convicted of a crime will soon have to pay the fine or do the time.

The Conservative government has proposed amendments to Bill C-37 that will increase victim surcharge fines and make them mandatory.

In fact, the changes will double the fines and take away the judge’s ability to waive the fee.

The surcharge is supposed to fund provincial programs to help assist victims but it’s been routinely waived by judges in the past.

Critics say it will bring further anguish to the lives of the less fortunate.

APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has more on the story.

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