at 10:05 on November 05, 2011, EDT.
OTTAWA - A new Justice Department study suggests a significant number of men released on bail after allegedly beating up their partners return home to beat them up again.
The research also indicates that men with violent criminal histories are twice as likely to violate bail conditions, and to again harass or assault their wives or partners.
A women's shelter advocate says the study shows that bail is too readily granted to some wife-assaulters, and says more accused men need to wear electronic tracking devices while back out on the street.
The findings are contained in an unpublished internal brief that is part of a larger Justice Department project to examine Canada's bail regime.
A draft copy of the study, dated November last year and stamped "not for public distribution," was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.
"Violent offences involving an intimate partner present a unique challenge as victims often …
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