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Bill C-53

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This enactment amends the Prisons and Reformatories Act by adding a statement of purpose and principles for temporary absence programs similar to the statement in the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. The enactment also authorizes the provinces to create additional types of temporary absences consistent with the purpose and principles.

The enactment extends the period of temporary absences granted for non-medical reasons to a maximum of sixty days and adds the power to renew temporary absences following a reassessment of the case. The amendments authorize the provinces to establish eligibility criteria for temporary absences in order to restrict the concurrent eligibility of prisoners for some types of temporary absences and parole.

The enactment sets out the grounds for suspending, cancelling or revoking a person's temporary absence and confers the power to apprehend and return the person into custody.