A father in southwestern Ontario says the woman convicted of murdering his daughter is back in prison after she was transferred to an indigenous healing lodge.
Rodney Stafford issued a brief, celebratory Facebook post announcing that Terri-Lynne McClintic was no longer at the Saskatchewan lodge, but offered no other details.
McClintic’s transfer became the subject of national outrage after reports she had been transferred to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan — a medium-security institution for women.
McClintic pleaded guilty to the 2009 abduction, rape and murder of Tori Stafford, an eight-year-old girl from Woodstock.
McClintic’s testimony against Michael Rafferty, her boyfriend at the time of the slaying, helped convict him in Tori’s death.
The pair were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Yesterday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced changes that would make it more difficult for prisoners serving long sentences to be moved to healing lodges.
Under the new rules, prisoners won’t be eligible for transfers to healing lodges without secured perimeters until they’re into the “preparation for release” phases of their sentences.
The Correctional Service of Canada will also have to consider inmates’ behaviour and how close they are to being eligible for unescorted temporary absences from prison before transferring them.