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  • ‘Cortney Would Still Be With Us’: Victim’s Family Applauds Electronic Monitoring Program

    The family of Cortney Lake says they believe Cortney would still be alive, had the man who murderer her been ordered to wear an electronic bracelet.

    That, in response to news that provincial government is re-introducing electronic monitoring devices in the adult correction system.

    Minister Andrew Parsons made the announcement today at provincial court in St. John’s. Use of the ankle bracelets was discontinued in 2013.

    The Minister says the devices will enhance public and offender safety and allow them to continue to work and be contributing members of society.

    In a statement, the family of Cortney Lake applauds the move for recognizing the need in keeping victims safe, and enhancing the supervision of offenders.

    “Since Cortney’s disappearance we have lobbied government and spoken publicly on the need for such monitoring. It is our family’s believe that had the man who murdered her been ordered to wear an electronic bracelet, Cortney would still be with us. While this announcement today will not bring Cortney back to us, we applaud government for recognizing the need in keeping victims safe and enhancing the supervision of offenders.”

    -Statement from family of Cortney Lake.

    To date, the RNC has only named one suspect in their homicide investigation. Philip Smith, Cortney’s ex-boyfriend, claimed his own life later that year.

    Bail Supervision Program in the Works

    Minister Parsons has also announced a bail supervision program to help rehabilitate offenders while reducing the burden on correctional facilities.

    He says victims of crime need to feel safer and the ankle bracelets will allow officials to monitor movements while at the same time reduce pressure on the correctional system with the help of the bail monitoring program.

    The province is looking at reintroducing the program in the fall.

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