Legislation introduced to strengthen federal corrections and keep communities safe
“We are committed to a correctional system that keeps Canadians safe and holds guilty parties accountable for breaking the law, while fostering practical rehabilitation so we can have fewer repeat offenders, fewer victims, and ultimately safer communities. This approach to federal corrections will protect the safety of our staff and those in their custody by separating offenders when required, and ensuring they get more effective interventions, rehabilitative programming and serious attention to mental issues.”
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
These proposed reforms would:
Ensure that systemic and background factors unique to Indigenous offenders are considered in all correctional decision-making.
Authorize the use of body scan imaging technology that would help prevent contraband from entering correctional institutions.
Better support victims by increasing their access to audio recordings of Parole Board of Canada hearings.
Provide greater autonomy and clinical independence to health care professionals within correctional facilities, and allow for patient advocates as recommended by the Coroner's Inquest Touching the Death of Ashley Smith.
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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