There’s a backhanded compliment if I’ve ever heard one

06.03.05

Called to testify for the defence in Karla Homolka’s hearing on whether she should face special restrictions after her release from prison, a psychiatrist testified that she has only average risk of reoffending:

Karla Homolka suffers self-esteem problems but is not a psychopath and is not at a greater risk of reoffending than any other inmate now serving time, a Quebec court heard Friday.

Considering the high rate of recidivism among Canada’s ex-convicts, I’m wondering if that’s supposed to be reassuring.

Update: The court ruling has imposed restrictions on Homolka for after her release, in an almost unprecedented decision. If I were the betting type, I’d bet on the decision being appealed. In the meantime, maybe the restrictions will help keep tabs on one of the worst criminals Canada has ever known.

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