03/14/2013 04:00 EDT | Updated 05/14/2013 05:12 EDT

One Free Crime Coupon: Alberta Opposition Offers Ciminals Mock 'No Prosecution' Pass

EDMONTON - Alberta's justice minister is demanding an apology from the Opposition Wildrose for distributing mock coupons promising one free crime without prosecution.

Jonathan Denis says the coupons are childish and mislead the public.

They feature a picture of a dour-faced Premier Alison Redford, a smiling Denis, a bar code and instructions to present the coupon upon arrest.

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The Wildrose coupons are meant to satirize the government's plan, announced in last week's budget, to divert first-time offenders for petty crimes to alternative measures programs instead of the courts.

The Wildrose calls the plan a "hug-a-thug" approach to crime that will make communities less safe.

Denis says alternative measures are just one option for prosecutors and they can still prosecute on a first offence if they choose.

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