Vaughn Palmer: David Eby faced pushback from prosecutors on pushing harder against bail
VICTORIA — It has been six months since David Eby, then B.C.’s attorney general, stood in the legislature and admitted the justice system had a problem that he characterized as catch-and-release.
“Catch-and-release — it happens,” Eby acknowledged during debate on the budget for his then Ministry of Attorney General.
“A person will have five, six offences that are in process that haven’t yet gone to trial. That means that person has been released back into the community and has committed another offence that has caused them to be arrested and then brought back in.”
The date was May 19. Eby was responding to a report from the Urban Mayors Caucus on the growing problem of repeat offenders and random violence in 13 of B.C.’s largest communities.
He didn’t dispute the overwhelming evidence provided by the mayors that offenders with dozens of offences were being released to wreak havoc again and again.