Bill C-83 – Members of the Structured Intervention Unit Implementation Advisory Panel

Backgrounder

Once in effect, Bill C-83 will eliminate the use of administrative and disciplinary segregation in all federal correctional institutions and establish Structured Intervention Units (SIUs) to ensure offenders who need to be separated from the mainstream inmate population (for safety reasons) are supported by interventions and mental health care that promote their rehabilitation and reintegration.

The SIU Implementation Advisory Panel will monitor and assess the progress of SIU implementation, ensure greater transparency, and identify and report on any challenges. The Government has appointed the following eight members of the Implementation Advisory Panel.

Dr. Anthony Doob – Chairperson – Professor emeritus and a long-serving director of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Doob has championed the place of empirical evidence in the development of policy for over 40 years, notably as a member of the Canadian Sentencing Commission, as a contributor to programs of the National Judicial Institute and as the founder and co-director of the U of T’s Criminological Highlights, a publication that provides an accessible look at recent high quality research. Since 2009, he has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada's Academy of Social Sciences. He received the U of T’s Carolyn Tuohy ‘Impact on Public Policy’ award in 2011 and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2014 for his scholarship in the field of criminology and his role in shaping Canadian justice policy.

Mr. Jean-Pierre Brouillette – Member – Mr. Brouillette joined the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) in 1989 and became a correctional supervisor in early 2000. During his career at the CSC Federal Training Centre (FTC) in Quebec, he was intensely devoted to promoting dialogue with the clientele and supervised many CEGEP student trainees. After several years at the FTC, he became head of post-suspension at Leclerc Institution. Throughout his career, he observed the culture of various penitentiaries, helping him recognize various trends and approaches to the inmate population. During his final year at CSC, he organized and launched the post-suspension program at Archambault.

Ms. Claire Carefoot – Member – After thirteen years with the Parole Board of Canada, Ms. Carefoot became Director of the Stan Daniels Healing Centre, run by the Native Counselling Services of Alberta, in 2005. She occupied that position until 2011, when she became Founding Director of the Buffalo Sage Wellness House, the first Section 81 minimum security Healing Lodge for women offenders in Canada. In 2016, she became Director of Corrections for Native Counselling Services of Alberta, and in 2018, she became a member of the Parole Board of Canada’s Chairperson’s Indigenous Circle. She was a recipient of the 2012 Global News Woman of Vision award and also won the IPAC Public Sector Excellence Awards Gold in 2013.

Ms. Zilla Jones – Member – Ms. Jones’s Winnipeg law firm, Jones Law Office, specializes in criminal defence and human rights/poverty. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and the Association des juristes d'expression française du Manitoba, and is a past President of the Equality Issues section of the Manitoba Bar Association. She was previously an investigator at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. Ms. Jones graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall Faculty of Law in 2011, where she was on the Dean’s List and won numerous awards, including the Yude Henteleff award for the student most committed to human rights.

Ms. Paula Marshall – Member – Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network (MLSN) in Nova Scotia, Ms. Marshall is a strong and committed advocate for restorative justice programs, victim services, court worker programming, and reintegration services. She began her career with the pilot program for a culturally sensitive approach to justice support programs, brought to the forefront in 1995 with the Marshall Inquiry. The MLSN built on the recommendations from the inquiry to develop sentencing circle protocols, reintegrate offenders into communities, and engage in youth criminal justice initiatives.

Mr. Ed McIsaac – Member – A former Executive Director of the Office of the Correctional Investigator for eighteen years, Mr. McIsaac inspired staff and attracted support from various community organizations to address unfair treatment and correct systemic issues in federal corrections throughout his career. He contributed to countless recommendations to improve correctional effectiveness, protect the human rights of offenders, and enhance public safety. In 2008, the Office of the Correctional Investigator established the Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award to recognize the work and dedication of those whose social justice commitment and persistent efforts have contributed significantly to the advancement of human rights and correctional practice in Canada.

Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Simpson – Member – Dr. Simpson is Associate Professor in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Chief of Forensic Psychiatry and Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is a member of the editorial board of Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Frontiers in Psychiatry and the International Journal of Risk and Recovery. He is committed to improved understandings, services, outcomes and jurisprudence for persons with serious mental illness who are criminal justice involved. His clinical and service development activities are currently in correctional mental health, including in research and in international networks.

Ms. Janet Taylor – Member – Ms. Taylor began her career with the Correctional Service of Canada in 1988 and worked on the Offender Management System with a focus on the maintenance and improvement of the programs module and the implementation of the inmate pay module. She then worked as a Parole Officer and eventually became Manager of Assessment and Intervention. Later, she chaired and coordinated the activities of the weekly Correctional Intervention Board, acting as the institutional liaison between the Parole Board of Canada and Atlantic Institution, and also chaired the institutional Segregation Review Board. During her years at Atlantic Institution she held several acting positions as Assistant Warden of Intervention.


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