Paul Cherry • Montreal Gazette
Being turned down for parole back in September came with a benefit for Michel (Sky) Langlois, one of the founding members of the Hells Angels in Montreal.
While he was wasn’t allowed to leave the federal penitentiary where he is incarcerated, he ended up being injected with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Langlois, 74, had a second hearing before the Parole Board of Canada on Tuesday after the board’s appeal section agreed last week that an error in law was made during his first hearing five months ago. Despite this, the board reached the same conclusion and rejected Langlois’s request to be released either on day parole or full parole.
“The board is of the opinion that you do not have sufficient knowledge of your risk factors and that you do not have the tools to control risk situations,” a written summary of its decision reads. “(The board) is also of the opinion that you have not achieved the measurable and observable changes required by law to grant you day or full parole at this stage in your sentence.”
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Langlois was reluctant to be released to a halfway house on day parole because, he told the board, he has fears of contracting the virus due to his age.
The summary of the decision reveals Langlois, a member of the Hells Angels since 1977, received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine early in January. It was part of a pilot project launched by Correctional Service Canada with a plan to deliver 1,200 doses to 600 inmates across Canada who are either elderly or have pre-existing conditions. The project was widely criticized by politicians and the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers who questioned the federal government’s priorities. The union questioned why convicted criminals were vaccinated before employees like prison guards.
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