POLITICS

Saskatchewan spends $1.9 million to track serious violent offenders after jail

05/08/2012 01:31 EDT | Updated 07/08/2012 05:12 EDT
REGINA - Saskatchewan is launching a $1.9 million program to help protect people from serious violent offenders.

The money will be used to hire more police, probation officers and support staff.

The additional staff will be used to track and identify high-risk violent offenders while they are in custody and after they are released from jail.

The program will also help the justice system create profiles of violent offenders.

The new staff will work in Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Meadow Lake, Prince Albert and Melfort.

Corrections Minister Yogi Huyghebaert (HYOU'-guh-bayr) says the program, which will be run by both ministries, will zero-in on violent offenders across the province.

"This approach will focus on serious violent offenders and provides an effective and long-term response to ensuring that Saskatchewan communities are safer and more secure," he said Tuesday.

Justice Minister Don Morgan says the announcement is the first stage of a four-year, $3-million plan.

"It is a significant enhancement in our province's ability to identify, monitor and prosecute those who represent a significant threat to the public," Morgan said.