The Correctional Service of Canada missed warning indicators whereas supervising a parolee with a historical past of violence towards girls who went on to kill Marylène Levesque final 12 months, in response to the findings of a federal investigation.
Levesque, 22, who had been working at an erotic therapeutic massage parlour, was discovered lifeless within the Quebec City suburb of Sainte-Foy on Jan. 22, 2020.
Eustachio Gallese, who has since pleaded responsible to first-degree homicide in her dying, had been on day parole since March 2019 for the 2004 killing of his former partner.
The Parole Board of Canada initially denied Gallese full parole. However, it prolonged his day parole with a number of circumstances, itemizing his probability of reoffending as “low to moderate.”
Gallese had a particular association along with his case employee that allowed him to have relations with girls to fulfill his “sexual needs.” As a part of the circumstances of his day parole, he was required to reveal any relations he had with girls to his parole officer.
‘There have been warning indicators’
The case touched off a political firestorm within the House of Commons over Canada’s parole board system. Following the outcry, the federal correctional service introduced a joint inner investigation with the parole board.
“The [national joint board of investigation] found that there were warning signs that the case management team did not properly assess and therefore did not adequately take into consideration to implement the required interventions to ensure better risk management,” notes a abstract of the report’s findings.
“Additionally, the visits to a massage parlour for sexual purposes were a contributing risk factor given the offender’s history of domestic violence.”
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), which oversees about 12,600 inmates in federal establishments and roughly 9,400 offenders locally, says it has made a lot of adjustments within the wake of Levesque’s homicide.
“The supervision strategy used in this case was inappropriate and not something that CSC condones in the way it manages offenders,” notes an announcement from the federal division.
As beneficial by the report, Anne Kelly, the CSC commissioner, mentioned her division will:
- Revise its data assortment coverage to specify which sorts of paperwork are required and related to an offender’s historical past and implement a proper monitoring mechanism.
- Adopt a single neighborhood supervision mannequin for federal offenders throughout the nation.
- Implement new, necessary intimate companion violence coaching.
CSC mentioned it has additionally performed a nationwide overview to make sure that all supervision methods “are sound, appropriate, consistent with legislation and policies.”
A media assertion additionally mentioned the overview “found there were no similar cases.”