Feds to re­view jail trans­fer of Tori’s killer

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Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale says he will ex­am­ine the trans­fer of Vic­to­ria Stafford’s mur­derer, Michael Raf­ferty, from a max­i­mum-se­cu­rity prison to a medium-se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity — a re­view that will take place just weeks af­ter Raf­ferty’s ac­com­plice, Terri-Lynne McClin­tic, went back to a prison from an Indige­nous heal­ing lodge.“I will ex­am­ine the facts of this case to en­sure that all the proper rules and pro­ce­dures have been fol­lowed and that Cana­di­ans are safe,” Goodale said in ques­tion pe­riod Mon­day in re­sponse to Con­ser­va­tive MP Candice Ber­gen.Ber­gen had asked whether Raf­ferty was be­hind bars or “in a cushy heal­ing lodge some­where in the woods.”Raf­ferty was sen­tenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kid­nap­ping, sex­ual as­sault and first-de­gree mur­der of Tori Stafford. He and McClin­tic ab­ducted her from out­side her school in Wood­stock, Ont., in 2009, as­saulted her, and beat her to death with a ham­mer.Rod­ney Stafford, Tori Stafford’s fa­ther, wrote in a rag­ing Face­book post that he’d learned Mon­day of Raf­ferty’s trans­fer, say­ing he only re­ceived the in­for­ma­tion be­cause he re­quested it.“It has come to my knowl­edge as of to­day that Michael Raf­ferty — the man re­spon­si­ble for all ac­tions the day of April 8th, 2009.“The ab­duc­tion, bru­tal rape, mur­der, and con­ceal­ing of ev­i­dence, was trans­ferred from his max­i­mum se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity to a medium se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity in March!” Stafford wrote in the post, mainly in cap­i­tal let­ters.Stafford learned ear­lier this year that McClin­tic, who was also sen­tenced to life in prison af­ter be­ing con­victed of the mur­der, had been trans­ferred to an Indige­nous heal­ing lodge.He urged the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment to re­v­erse her trans­fer and weeks later, he said he’d been in­formed that McClin­tic had been moved out of the Saskatchewan heal­ing lodge and into a medium-se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tion for women.“This means that all this time over the last three months, Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice Canada and our Cana­dian gov­ern­ment have been hid­ing the fact that not one, but both peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for steal­ing the life of Vic­to­ria have been work­ing their way to lux­ury,” Stafford wrote.He said the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice of Canada needs an im­me­di­ate over­haul, adding that through­out all of the ral­lies fight­ing to have McClin­tic’s trans­fer re­versed, CSC had with­held in­for­ma­tion about Raf­ferty.“Our chil­dren and lost loved ones de­serve jus­tice and se­cu­rity (within) our coun­try. I am so ashamed to be Cana­dian right now.”A medium-se­cu­rity prison is fenced and guarded, though not as in­tensely as a max­i­mum-se­cu­rity prison.In­mates in medium se­cu­rity are con­sid­ered less dan­ger­ous or less likely to try to es­cape than of­fend­ers in max­i­mum se­cu­rity.

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