Hello, my name is Karen McCrimmon, I’m the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Victims have an important role to play in the criminal justice system and we have been listening to your concerns.
We are working harder than ever to support victims of federal offenders. All while making sure that we have a corrections system that holds offenders accountable.
Within the public safety portfolio, the Correctional Service of Canada, the Parole Board of Canada, and the National Office for Victims work together to provide you with the information you are entitled to.
Together, the Correctional Service and the Parole Board of Canada have over 8,000 registered victims.
Victims are entitled to receive over 50 types of notifications.
In 2018, victims received 160,000 pieces of information through over 90,000 contacts.
Victims also presented over 300 statements at parole hearings.
The National Office for Victims offers information and resources to support victims of federal offenders, and can answer questions about the criminal justice system.
The Office holds roundtables and meets annually with victim stakeholders to discuss victims’ rights, and how they can best serve them. (Information, Participation, Protection)
So what’s next?
We’re launching a communications and outreach strategy that will make it easier for you to get the information you need.
This includes a centralized resource online.
We are also looking at ways to improve communications between victims and the federal government.
I look forward to working with you to bring about positive change for victims of federal offenders.