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Prison officials ‘intervened’ to stop Paul Bernardo from making public statement

  • Newly released documents reveal that Correctional Service Canada prevented Paul Bernardo's lawyer from making a statement to the media regarding his transfer to a medium-security prison, despite demands from the Conservatives and the families of Bernardo's victims to return him to maximum security.
  • The correctional service's review found that the decision to reclassify Bernardo was justified, although it could have been more sensitive in notifying his victims. The families have requested access to correctional service and Parole Board of Canada records related to Bernardo's parole bid, which they claim he has refused to release, alleging that the agencies and government have shown support for Bernardo over the families.
  • The review also found that Bernardo had qualified for a transfer to medium-security for years but was only moved after successfully integrating with other inmates, despite spending most of his sentence in solitary conditions. The federal Conservatives continue to push for a parliamentary committee to investigate this decision further.
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