In November 1987, 16-year-old Laura Davis was murdered while working at her family’s convenience store in Moncton, New Brunswick. The convicted killer, Patrice Mailloux, was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 20 years. However, in 2016, Mailloux was released on day parole. On September 1, 2022, Mailloux breached the conditions of his parole and was considered to be unlawfully at large for nearly three weeks. He was apprehended shortly thereafter, but only recently appeared in front of a panel for a parole hearing in December 2022.
After three hours of deliberation, the panel decided to revoke Mailloux’s parole. The family of Laura Davis told CTV News in a phone interview that they are completely elated and relieved by the decision. However, parole hearings present an insurmountable task and challenge for survivors of crime and families of victims. As expressed by the victim’s sister, Brenda Davis, having to come close to her sister’s killer time and time again at parole hearings is incredibly painful and difficult. The process of parole hearings can be re-traumatizing and triggering for victims and their families, as they not only face the burden of writing personal statements but also have to see and listen to the offender talk about themselves for hours every few years. The executive director of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, Aline Vlasceanu, mentioned that “going through a parole hearing is like a scab that gets picked at every single time and more should be done to support victims.”