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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH SAHJRDAr 50-55. 'VOL. LXV MO. sin justce LHKKTA, FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1972 TRICK NOT OVKR 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES els poor marks By JIM OSDOFtNE EDMONTON (CP) Alberta's justice system ap- pears lo be one of l he most punitive it) North. Am- erica, perhaps in the entire western world, says Dr. VicLor Matthews, a University of Alberta .scientist. Hundreds of Alberlans are jailed each year for offences which would bring acquittal, suspended sen- tences or probation in other provinces, he said in an interview. lie bases liis .statements on a two-year research of the 10C6-70 period lie has just completed. Results of the project arc contained in .1 ino-pagc repurt pre- pared for thr Albert a llumiin Resources Research Council anrl released today. The report shov.s Mini a person charged in M- berta is (our limes more likely to be conviclsd than anywhere else in Canada, said Ur. Matthews. The per-capila rate for persons jailed in was eiyht tiinc-s above Hits national average and was increasing. And, NIC nalknial (rend was Lo fewer jail sentences, ''It is the police and (he courts which must bear tlio responsibility Tor a concept of justice in Alberta IliaL differs insignificantly from IhaL of Canada as a he siiid. Courts blamed "Alberta more emphasis upon incarceration lhan Canada.'1 The report also pays Alberta's rates in almost all categories of the juslire system arrest charge, court appm-ancr. and jail nrc higher lhan I lie ITJ.I 'if a rrmeiivfYl nuUwily slslislics and social rc50rirch, said it's unlikely Hint increased criminal activity in Alberta caused Ihe differences. fur serious crimes have decreased in Iho province, says Ibo report, and the majority of crimes is minor. tloupvor, even for minor offences, excluding; Iraf- (ic infrai'iinns, n poison arrested in Alberta was fl.s likely lo he convicted lhan in another province. pattern was I lie same for serious crimes. Dr. ihr ninnbrr of persons jailed in Albcrla beluee-Ji I'TO and innT.'iM.-iJ 7) I per rcn! comp.'irrd tin- Canadian au'ranc increase of Light per con I. I'ofuilaiiun I'rr'vHi in Canada and Alberta was nhouL ?fi per cent durmi: llui.se M The number rl prrsnns jailed in Quebec: during lli.it prriml cenl. in Saskatchewan 22 per rent. ?md in Brunswick and British Cohmibin ifi per rent, The other five provinces saw jail pop- ulations decrease1. M u Itlplc ch u r Dr. Matthews' report says one reason for Alber- ta's substantially-higher conviction rate is that per- sons arrested here often face multiple charges. C'amula had a higher rule of persons cleared of charges than Alborta. One of Ihe problems, he in id, is lhal police forces In Albcrla ojieratc independently, and there is almost no communication between Ihcin. lie recommends a central registry and a uniform method ut data collection nil agcncirs in the jus- tice system. This was done in Quebec. These agencies nov; had several methods of lecting information but sonic of fhimi were poorly or- ganized for analysis and election call Hy McLNTOSH OTTAWA (CP' Political sources say Prime Min- ister Trudcau is perturbed hy (he of un- decidtxl volcrs revealed in the Inlest private and pub- lic opinion polls. Tin: figure i uiss aboul -lo prjr cent or more of tlic Canadian elcctornte. The informants said Thursday this is the main rea- son Mr. Trudcau is against a June clcclion, at least for the monienl. The sources said the opposition parlies alpo arc concerned about Ihe large percentage of voters who have nol marie up Ihcir minds about choices in a federal election. Urn1.ever, the opposition feclinf, v.as that the. had Die mosl. In hxsj; from voters and IhFil a big undecided pcrconlagc at this point held more in its favor than in the adminislration's. Vote-watchers said the. perccntntfe of uncommitted voters can swing from large lo small in a com para- lively short liiK1. The I rick v. ns to find nut uhcn the uas taking place fliitl. more impnrlr.nl, parly golling Ihe benefit of Ihr Mi. Trude.'iii lias nnt iitlrd oul a .hinr election, hut he snid blunlly tin hus no prescnl inlcnlion of calling onr frjr niorjUi. Informants said this inrnns hr is vaitmp for a in the uncominitlcd vole lo commitment for tiic MI'-t Hint comes. Tii'i l.iijriT'ls nun riv enticed in a private poll i'f their clirmcCN of ic-cU'.-tion. hul Ihr, results are not expected fur n ample, fii v.cckh. nre in, Mr. Tnideait is not ex- lo on! a June elect inn once and for all. If Mr. Tnirlf.iu rlrv-s nnl for n .lime clcclion, TK IKIM r-arli, rlah- fnr hern LI AfJC .''f'''' "Ur JM-IV- flnlnri'i A HOT (centre) are surrounded fire nnd smoke as gasoline slorage lanks continue to bum out ol canlrol at Ihe Triangle Refinery at Dornville. Ga., 15 miles north of downtown Atlanta. A slale of emergency has been declared in the area as aboul 30 olher slorage lonks are in danger nearby. One person bos been killed end many odiers injured. (AP index cr OTTAWA Tlie prices nf vegetables anrl toma nlhcr foods feH last nionlh, but liifihci' prices for gasoline and (nol oil for home heating nudged Ibo corj.siHiier price index up one-tenth of a poinl. Statistics Canada reported ioday that the index, based on 3961 prices equalling 100, rose to 137.-1 last month from in February, IL was Till.3 in .March last year. In dollar terms, this meant iL cost SU.7J last month to buy 510 bonpht on consumer goods and services in 1961. That price wa.s up a penny Ei'om in March, and 61 cents higher than a year ago. Tho Slit market basket of foods in ifltil cost SI3.7I last month, down five cents from a mouth earlier and compared in March last year. Statistics Canada said that while food prices were down lasl month, (here were higher prices for clothing, transporta- tion, shelter and household oper- ation. The Marcli reduction in food prices was not unusual. They have fallen in .March in of the last five years. The exccp- Elevated U.S. train falls [eel CHICAGO (AP) Two cars of nn elevated rapid-transit train plunged 30 feet lo lite ground during a blinding rain- stcrrn, injuring .10 One of the four cars of southbound Chicago Transit Au- thority Irain landed Thursday night in a vacant lot ard nar- rowly missed a two-storey brick apartment building. A second car wns left dan- gling from the tracks. lion v.'as last year, fixvl prices going up strongly ,-iflcr Ihe supermarket price war in the fall of 1075. Higher prices for fuel oil and gasoline in Eastern Canada were mainly responsible for sending the cost of housing and transportation up. There were scattered increases in clothing prices, hut over-all the in- crease was Ihe smallest for March in the last 10 years. Tor Ihe general cost of living (CP) Canada's _- A lop Rrain officials, afier a ha -B- meeting with in- IVlagratii u s t i y expressed o p t i m i s m Thursday an unpivccuentcd POO mil- T-fc bushels of Prairie can A Vj I J H 8 moved to overseas markets ti.HO Ihe current crop year. N, chief commis- Bv fJHKCi Mcl.VTYKK Hrralil Staff The when local lesidenls asked him to look into tlie threatened w i t h d rywal of IICMP From of the Canadian boat board, said lie has "cvn> exportation'1 the target will havo been met by the lime Ihp crop vear ends ,lulv ppneral lias asked for a rcporl on lire threatened withdrawn olt he. Ihi-cc man IICMP Karran asked if the ai (oriiL'V general was aware of the i.s a Hint would have icon unrcaclinblo at Masralh. A Mnprath spokesman lolcl The. Herald that RCMP at l.ellibrulgc in late March pro closinR the Mafiralli Onera! M e r v I.eilch said he was not aware of Ihe prospect but will ask the IICMP for a rcporl. The bead of the years hr .-aid. Mr. Vogcl and Otto federal minister in c-liarfic of the wheat board, met reporters after a session of Ui? transport nlion comniiKce and fk-e in favor of a patrol out of Hie force. wheat board's advisory V. M. Roy Farran (PC Calgary said in an interview Dial Nurlfi Ililli sai'l in the lefiisla- "we're looking al these (nrluded representatives of rijilv.jiyy, and lure lliat he was al a the shipping unnpanies, and vaiire party nicotine in nol c-wifirm uiuoiis in (lie prani trade1. Ion. FOUtliwcsi ol Macralh on rumor, but nn to diite arc running -shouki come trom Hie ahead of hist VCLU s pa no !5een and of 1 He nllornoy-pcnci iil. IVATF.HTON Cl.OSKH However, lie police arc 23 ID "f million bushels behind the target figure, a lap Mr. Vogel said will take several About uei'p closed rceeully at Park anrl Manyhcr-rics. Improvcrl road lo calch up. ADOPT roniinunicalion meeting adopted a num- Hie desire hy of guidelines which a jnint OOWI.DR Tom Prnlt shorter hours ol work were based on ing an easy split closure of RCMP transporlalion blaming it on a sticky pin some small rentres, be, requirements." A bevy of beanlies Poulsen, included exjiansion o[ admiring glances at of the town of year's program nf six-ciny- van nys liavr lo Ion so, addi- "ITow about a Liberal -said Mr. locomotives anil cars lo intend of R slaild town council grain movements. tlie supurslion, was HIP, tilt? of wluit. if any federal general and Ml financial or other- they reject tho might come if Hie lar- ktfilliS arc not met. he i.s ''vcrv Jl PoulFcn paid the good will iho 6M square mile area between and the ml rlnierminalion of all scp-0101115 of Ihe industry" lo co ojjcrnte. Ite added UIG requirements now are in tlie hands of tlie industry, but any further povern- hiphcr than a vear earlier. This s Indicated a slowinp down of Hie "main, bo price rise, since in both January ent steps woukJ he looked al if the need arose. and February this year the. index uas -19 per cent higher than a year earliie. and in De- cember it was five per cent higher. prisoners f BELFAST (HciilciO The British g o v e, r n m e n t began freeing political prisoners in Northern Ireland today just ;is the Irish Republican Army was insisting that bloodshed must yo on. As a start, 73 men nov, being held wilhouL trial will be set. free immediately, an official an- nouncement said At present Y2R men are being interned without trial on suspi- cion of having a hand in guer- rilla activity. Their confinement is allowed under Xoilhern Ire- land's Special Powers Act. A slarl on scaling down in- ternment was promised ajio the Hritish gov- ernment suspended tfie Protcs- 1 ant-dominated Northern Ire- land government and look over direct rule. The impending releases were announced by Ihe office of Wil- liam the British min- ister placed in charge of North- ern Ireland. The move came at A time when the militant Provisional wing of the IRA was declaring that its gunmen must carry on their fight against the British Army despite peace picas from sections of the north's Komau Catholic minority. Internment has been one of Ihe Catholics' strongest griev- ances since it was introduced last August. But among tlie IRA's ternii- for a ceasefire is the release of all political including Irishmen held for crimes of violence in England. Al Ihe present staflG, it seems clear that Whit claw decs not contemplate an i m in c d i a 1 c abandonment of internment. But lie did rule (hat lite prison ship Maidslonc, where internees are on Junior strike against fowl and conditions, must ro longer be used as a place of in- ternment, Youth held in freak dealh SASKATOON' fCPi Donald Krascr, IB. of was chrirgcrt lodyy with causing deatli by criminal negligence in the shooting of delivery man John Herpen, fatally wounded when a ritle discharged in a package he was delivering. The >-oulli was arrested laic Thursday and was to appear in court Monday. Mr. Bergen, 50. an employee of CP Rail, was [ouud dead in Ihe liack of his ddivery van in Saskatoon Tuesday by a Icen-aRC girl. At firsl, it was thought he hat! died o( a heart attack, bnt closer cxaminalion showed ho had a bullet wound in his chest. In n search ot Ihe van Thurs- day, police fannd a parcel with a liole in it that originally been dismissed as and (car from shipping. Insirfe Ihe parcel I hey found a rifle with a spcul carlndge and the snMy off. There dcr burns the carton. Police ?aid al the time that Mr. Hergen may have dropped (lie parrel, jarring Ilic drmg mechanism of the '12 calibro rifle. NO FLASH J'AN The minister said he feels annual grain innrketinps the present level can be looked al as a continuing program, not a flash in Ihe pan. delays in gelling grain cars to Ihe Vancouver ter- minals because of winter McalhtT have been in Iho spot- light, Mr. Vogel said it has lender! lo he overlooked that the const nnd Gulf of SI. Lawrence area also has been suffering its worst winter nav- igation season in history. Customers generally appreci- ated the clinialic problems and were not upsel lo the point where it would cost Canada fu- ture sales. ibe wheat hoard had forced lo pass up some smaller sales because of the licups, they "have not been very significant." The rieetiny set. up spe- ciril operating committees, one for the v.cst coa.'t and the oth- er for Thunder Hay and Si, Lawrence movement IN IIOSI'ITM, rornirr I'.S. T'rpsirlrnl Lyndon I in sou ii us a d mi (tod lo (he rnrdinr unit nt the sity ol Virglniii in t'harlnllr'-- early Krid.iy from clicst pnins. Johnson hail ln'on visit liis daugh- li-r anil >lr. ami Mrs. Charles Hnhh, in Char- itln. ivrr.-UYA (I'PI The Cans- J as lie Hanni offcnsivr ml" Smith Viel unin by lanV supported troops. Waves of U.S. fightcr-bomlv bcpiin IT il.c Nnrlli Tiiuisday in Ihe t Flnkcs tiicrc since before the bombing halt in )W8. Tho president, w Florida home sonn new nir dffeii'-ivr' l firrrvl irt p lo i 'hr "n ?VP h1'- flnw lo Hie Ihe v'iar liy pulling cut American Informed paid lh.it ih; lias si rifled liic lo approxi- mately lirlo'.v tlie par- allel and auay ll.nuii, phong and other heavily -popu- lated areas, he1 is in rnndiit l -.rrioj-i militrsry larcet.s Ii i c llif1; p'.c.-.suic agi.m.sl tiic South namcsc. The source? reported lhal br- I' m.S In 'fnrlo rhuM in join i lie flirrr-'f ii'liile effective uould jeoprird- I'.S. China and tlic iel 1'inmi. Jl.'moi's chief allies and arms suppliers. On The war front, troops a dis- taking part in the bombings or bold in ioscnc'. ATTACK Defence Mclvin R T.airii condemned today Iho Vietnamese a ''massive asinn nf Smith Victinrn.1' And be wnrncd that fhe Tniicd will Ttid new ,'iir offen.-ivp. widely TCCarried as a critical .uun i.s ,ui'i te.st of Ihe problem's ability In i" the Mekong Dfli.i to namrsr tnel lov.ji tr fourth l in nld v. pi'rv c-nt Un1 from rrnmnini: nm ll'.crn S o i. I h V irlnriiu iijsl ;.u u In flir Anirric.Tn [-r- and pf flf-limi Ih.ll, Ihe t" S ;