ABBOTSFORD, BC, Oct. 26, 2017 /CNW/ - The Correctional Service Canada (CSC) today invited media to tour Fraser Valley Institution (FVI), a federal correctional facility for women.
Media filmed, photographed and interviewed staff and an inmate, and the tour was featured on Facebook Live. The tour was led by Brooke Kassen, Warden at FVI.
A total of three media participated on this tour. They visited several areas including the common area, programs area, LAPS kennel program, commissary, housing units and the segregation unit.
Fraser Valley Institution (FVI) is a multi-level institution responsible for the reception, assessment and placement of women receiving federal sentences. Inmates reside in residential style housing units except for maximum-security inmates in the Secure Unit.
The facility provides services and programs designed to meet the needs of the women offenders throughout their incarceration from the time of initial reception and assessment through to their release to the community.
- FVI has three security classifications (minimum, medium and maximum) on the same property, with the following capacity:
- Maximum: 10 inmates
- Medium: 82 inmates
- Minimum: 20 inmates
- FVI currently employs 189 staff members
- CSC employs a wide variety of professions such as:
- Correctional Officers
- Parole Officers
- Nurses and Psychologists
- FVI is one of six federal facilities for women across Canada.
- In 2016-17, CSC released 73% of women offenders on parole, a 15% increase from the previous three fiscal years.
- In 2016-2017, CSC had the highest record of women being released on day parole (282 in 2016-2017, 207 in 2015-2016), and on conditional release (651 in 2016-2017 and 574 in 2015-2016), and the greatest number of women successfully reaching the end of their sentence in the community (227 in 2016-2017 and 165 in 2015-2016).
"CSC is committed to informing Canadians about the day-to-day operations in federal institutions. Today's media day provides a great opportunity for media to gain a better understanding of the women-centered programming offered to female offenders and the significant contribution correctional services makes to public safety on a daily basis." Nick Fabiano, Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Engagement sector at CSC.
"It is important for Canadians to see and understand the correctional process. This media day will do just that by increasing public awareness and understanding of CSC's policies, programs and services." Brooke Kassen, Warden at FVI.
SOURCE Correctional Services of Canada
For further information: Media Relations, Correctional Service Canada, 613-992-7711, [email protected]