Correctional Service of Canada responds to tabling of Bill C-83

Statement

OTTAWA, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Today, Anne Kelly, the Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada, made the following statement on the tabling of Bill C-83 – An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act:

“The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is supporting the Government of Canada in strengthening the country’s federal correctional system. Bill C-83– An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act will make important changes to our federal correctional system.

These changes will include eliminating segregation, further considerations to addressing the needs of Indigenous peoples and strengthening health care governance.

 One important change is that today’s legislation will introduce a new correctional model and the use of structured intervention units (SIUs) for inmates who cannot be managed safely within a mainstream inmate population. Structured interventions and programming would be offered to inmates in a safe and secure environment that would address their specific risks and needs, with the goal of facilitating their reintegration into a mainstream inmate population as soon as possible. These SIUs will enhance correctional outcomes, as well as assist in reducing the rate of institutional violent incidents, resulting in a safer workplace for our staff.

We will monitor Bill C-83’s progress and ensure that updates to our policies and training are in place to support its implementation once it comes into force.

I believe these legislative changes will transform the federal correctional system while ensuring that our institutions provide a safe and secure environment that is conducive to inmate rehabilitation, staff safety and the protection of the public. They will also help ensure that our correctional system continues to be progressive and takes into account the needs of a diverse offender population.”

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