OTTAWA, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - National agencies representing 200
Canadian communities and 11 denominations acknowledge the Correctional Service
of Canada's Review Panel recommendations that recognize community
participation in public safety.
Upon first review, contributing agencies are most concerned with proposed
changes to Statutory Release and building of institutional multi-complexes.
Agencies are also critical of the Review's apparent disregard for
internationally recognized research that demonstrates positive impacts, both
social and economic, through well-managed support and supervision programs.
Given that over 90% of prisoners will ultimately return to our
communities after incarceration, contributing Associations promote gradual,
supervised re-integration programs that reduce crime and victimization.
Members of the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice urged the
Panel to invest in community-based services that are essential to improve the
criminal justice system.
L'Association des Services de Réhabilitation Sociale du Québec
highlighted the importance of partnership and joint responsibility among
individuals, groups and social institutions to ensure community vitality.
The Canadian Associations of Elizabeth Fry Societies emphasized women-
centred, humane and community-based approaches that address the systemic
discrimination of criminalized women and recognize international human
The Church Council on Justice and Corrections encouraged the Panel to
consider Restorative practices that include offenders, victims and
communities in order to achieve safe reintegration for individuals and
The John Howard Society of Canada stressed the role and purpose of
corrections as mandated by the Corrections and Conditional Release Act
and insisted that all programs be developed and carried out in accordance
with evidence-based knowledge.
The Salvation Army noted that voluntary sector involvement, increased
support and community supervision would more appropriately respond to
community needs and enhance successful reintegration thereby increasing
St. Leonard's Society of Canada highlighted the value of gradual
supervision strategies and stressed the importance of innovative
institutional and community interventions that comprehensively address
Given their collaborative relationship, NAACJ anticipates further
involvement with CSC to examine the Panel's recommendations more closely.
The Association understands that community realities and robust research
are integral to effective corrections and long-term safety. "Anything less,"
noted The John Howard Society of Canada," puts the public at risk and
politicizes correctional policy."
For more information, please contact:
Association des Services de Réhabilitation Sociale du Québec
Block Parent Program of Canada
Toll free: 1-800-898-6111
Canadian Association for Community Living
Canadian Associations of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Criminal Justice Association
Canadian Families and Corrections Network
Canadian Psychological Association
J. Stephen Wormith
Canadian Training Institute
The Church Council on Justice and Corrections
Conflict Resolution Network Canada
Tel: 519-885-0880 ext. 274
The John Howard Society of Canada
National Association of Friendship Centres
Native Counselling Services of Alberta
The Salvation Army
Hugh Osler Tel: 416-304-1974 ext. 111
Seventh Step Society of Canada
St. Leonard's Society of Canada
YOUCAN Youth Canada Association
For further information:
For further information: Patrick Altimas, President, (613) 761-1032