Prolific offender arrested in Valley

One habitual criminal has been arrested, bringing the total to four of Duncan’s eight prolific offenders now in custody.

One habitual criminal has been arrested, bringing the total to four of Duncan’s eight prolific offenders now in custody.

Joseph Alexander Smith’s unauthorized return to the Cowichan Valley after spending 22 days at the New Vision Supportive Housing Society on the Mainland has gotten him picked up by police. Smith, 33, had been ordered to remain at the Surrey facility and was not to leave the property of New Vision Supportive Housing Society except in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the society. He broke the rules.

“Mr. Smith is a designated prolific offender by virtue of his propensity to continuously commit crime,” said a press release issued by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday. “He will answer to five new charges stemming from his recent conduct which falls contrary to his current release conditions.”

Smith had been released from the Vancouver Island Regional Correction Centre on June 2.

Once on the outside, he was bound by numerous bail conditions including not to possess or consume drugs or alcohol and not to carry weapons.

Police were not specific as to what bail conditions he breached, aside from leaving his designated residence, but they did say the North Cowichan/Duncan Street Crime Unit was able to find Smith and arrest him on July 15.

“As a direct result of this arrest the courts have approved five new charges against Mr. Smith as they relate to the conditions he was bound by,” said the release.

The Prolific Offender Management program aims to reduce crime by spending resources on the few offenders who are deemed to be responsible for a large portion of crimes in a given community. The goal is to get those offenders into drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, job training, counselling, and help find them places to live so they can have a chance to change their habits and stop their criminal behaviour.