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Pre-trial custody equals 1.5

The Supreme Court of Canada has restored the amount of pre-trial credit that offenders can receive for time spent in custody before they are sentenced.

The unanimous 7-0 ruling is the latest in a series by the high court that rolls back part of the Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda.

The Conservatives have implemented tougher pre-trial custody and sentencing provisions for repeat and violent youth offenders by removing the long-held provision of giving an offender credit for double the time served in pre-trail custody.

The Tories removed the provision, but allowed for a credit of 1.5 times in exceptional circumstances.

The Supreme Court has ruled that pre-trial custody constitutes an exceptional circumstance that warrants the 1.5 credit.

The court ruling involved three separate criminal cases, including one involving a young man convicted of manslaughter in the shaking death of his infant daughter, who was given the 1.5 credit.

The ruling comes one day after the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to hear two more cases on whether the government's changes to mandatory minimum sentences for unlawful gun possession are constitutional.

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