Many people who call us are confused about what a conditional sentence is and whether or not they are eligible for a Canada Pardon.
Conditional sentencing became part of the Canadian justice system with the passage of Bill C-41 in 1995.
Rather than focusing on incarceration, conditional sentencing is designed to keep some offenders out of jail and in the community. Often this means serving their sentence under “house arrest” in their own homes where they can continue to work or attend school.
Inmates accepted in the program must also meet certain court-imposed conditions. Abstaining from alcohol and drug use and seeking treatment for addiction are the most common conditions, followed by curfews and community service.
The Conservative government led by Stephen Harper is currently trying to end conditional sentences for more serious crimes.
Regardless, if the offender has served his/her punishment, they will be eligible for a Canada Pardon after the allotted time period.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons and US Entry Waivers email us at [email protected] or call 1-877-929-6011.