(Tori Stafford, 8, was murdered in Woodstock, Ont. in April 2009)
Less than 24-hours after receiving a report from Corrections Canada, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale ordered Terri-Lynne McClintic back to prison.
The 28-year old is serving life in prison for the first degree murder of eight year old Tori Stafford in 2009.
“I hope everyone can sleep easier knowing Terri-Lynne, a child killer, has been moved from their community and back where she belongs,” said Rodney Stafford, Tori’s father.
APTN InFocus put healing lodges under the microscope Wednesday.
The Stafford family has been in the spotlight since it was revealed McClintic had been down-graded to a medium-security risk – despite several violent offences in prison – and moved to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan.
McClintic’s brother told Global News that they are not indigenous.
(Rodney Stafford after a rally on Parliament Hill to have McClintic moved back to prison)
Stafford said he was elated after receiving word that McClintic, the woman who lured his daughter to a car so her boyfriend could rape and kill her, is out of a healing lodge and back behind bars.
McClintic has now been transferred to the women’s prison in Edmonton.
Stafford said he’s relieved for the Nekaneet First Nation, where the healing lodge is located, and the town of Maple Creek.
On Thursday, Marlene Orr, the director of the Stan Daniels Healing lodge in Alberta, told APTN InFocus that healing lodges are an important option in the rehabilitation of some offenders.
She said an inmate is closely vetted and must show she really wants to make changes in her life.
“They have to have good behavior while they are in the institution,” Orr said..
“They can’t be affiliated with any security threat groups, they can’t have been breaking the rules while they’ve been in prison. They have to demonstrate a commitment to working with us in addressing those root issues.”
Maximum security inmates are currently eligible to enter Stan Daniels healing centre, if they have worked their way to a medium- or minimum -security designation – regardless of the crime they were originally sentenced for.
That means they can become eligible to transfer to healing lodges, Orr added.
“And we very clearly lay out the expectations,” she said. “They also have to be supported by their team the institution which includes their parole officer and other correctional staff.”
But Matt Willan, who works with offenders through Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin in Manitoba, thinks some crimes are too serious to work off in a healing lodge.
“There are some crimes you commit that you can’t come back from,” he said.
Tori was walking home from school in Woodstock April 8, 2009, when McClintic approached her, promised to show her a puppy and lured her into a car driven by Michael Rafferty.
McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2010 and testified at Rafferty’s trial in 2012, where he was convicted of first-degree murder.
Rodney said he isn’t against healing lodges, but he doesn’t want McClintic there.
“I do believe it is a good situation for some people who warrant going back out on the streets,” he said.
“But when it comes to the heinous acts behind a monstrous killer, of a child at that, how does somebody even remotely of this magnitude get into one of these facilitates?”
The Stafford family had started a petition to have McClintic returned to prison.