Minister Mendicino issues Direction to Correctional Service of Canada on Transfer of Offenders
July 20, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario
The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, today issued a Ministerial Direction to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to ensure victims’ rights are considered from the beginning and strengthen the way it shares information with victims and the government. This direction will improve notification to victims surrounding security classification and transfers of offenders, and establish a formal process to notify the Minister of Public Safety.
In accordance with the recommendations made by the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime in 2019, CSC is directed to:
- Gather and consider victim information at the outset of the decision-making process or as soon as a voluntary transfer request is being considered for support by CSC.
- Use their Victim Notification flag system when they begin considering a transfer application that may be supported by CSC to allow victim services officers to proactively collect input from victims in advance of the Assessment for Decision.
- Make changes to policy to require all CSC staff to always consider whether any victims live near the institution to which the transfer is being considered, and wherever possible, transfer the offender to another institution.
The Ministerial Direction will also require that the Minister of Public Safety receive notification regarding security classification and transfers of high-profile offenders. These are offenders whose offences elicited or have a potential to elicit significant public interest.
The transfer of offenders can have a very profound impact not only on victims, but the broader public. It is important that Canadians have confidence in their criminal justice system, including decisions made by CSC.
“Canadians rightly expect our criminal justice system to treat victims of crime and their families with dignity and respect. As a government we will ensure that victims are given the care they deserve, that the Victims Bill of Rights be followed and that the safety of our communities is placed above all.”
- The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety
The Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) mandates the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to provide a safe and secure environment for staff and inmates at federal correctional institutions, which is conducive to the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders, reducing the risk of reoffending and keeping Canadian communities safe.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety
Public Safety Canada
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