It's going to be tougher for convicted sex offenders in Canada soon as the Conservative government works to revamp the current federal laws.
Peter Van Loan, Public Safety Minister, announced that proposed legislative amendments are being put in place to give the National Sex Offender Registry and the National DNA Bank more strength.
"Police services and victims' groups have been clear - the National Sex Offender Registry must be strengthened so that it better protects our children and communities from sexual predators," Van Loan said.
One of the changes will be that certain sex offenders will have to provide a DNA sample.
Police will be allowed to use the registry in order to prevent sex crimes if the legistation passes instead of waiting for a crime to have taken place.
"If police see an individual behaving suspiciously near a school ground, for example, they will be able to request information from the database," said Van Loan. "They will be able to obtain additional information to assist them in their prevention work."
Another change will include those who have committed a sex crime abroad. The new rules would have those criminals having to report their conviction to the police within seven days of their return to Canada. They will also be registered with the registry if they are returned to Canada to serve out their sentence.
Sex offenders must report the name of their employer, the type of employment and any volunteer organizations that they take part in.
Deputy Chief Murray Stooke of the Calgary police welcomes the proposed changes. He told CBC:
"We know from the patterns of offending that sex offenders are likely to have offended more than once. And in a case that we now have a conviction on somebody, in the past we weren't getting their DNA to compare against historical offenses, and so I think that's a very positive aspect of this bill."
The changes will help prevent future sex crimes.
The Observer reports:
"I hope the opposition parties will stand up and defend Canadian judges and say, 'We think this business of taking discretion away from judges is wrong.' Parliament should express its confidence in the independence of our judiciary and give them discretion to provide relief against laws that can work oppressively if they're applied across the board to everyone."