National agencies question efficacy of review recommendations

    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
    rights covenants.

    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
    public safety.

    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
    Patrick Altimas
    Tel: 514-521-3733

    Block Parent Program of Canada
    Kelly Pater
    Toll free: 1-800-898-6111

    Canadian Association for Community Living
    Telephone: 416-661-9611

    Canadian Associations of Elizabeth Fry Societies
    Kim Pate
    Tel: 613-238-2422

    Canadian Bar Association
    Kate Ker
    Tel: 604-660-1126

    Canadian Criminal Justice Association
    Irving Kulik
    Tel: 613-725-3715

    Canadian Families and Corrections Network
    Lloyd Withers
    Tel: 613-541-0743

    Canadian Psychological Association
    J. Stephen Wormith
    Tel: 306.966.6818

    Canadian Training Institute
    John Sawdon
    Tel: 416-778-7056

    The Church Council on Justice and Corrections
    Jane Griffiths
    Tel: 613-563-1688

    Conflict Resolution Network Canada
    Rose Silvestro
    Tel: 519-885-0880 ext. 274

    The John Howard Society of Canada
    Craig Jones
    Tel: 613-384-6272

    National Association of Friendship Centres
    Alfred Gay
    Tel: 613-563-4844

    Native Counselling Services of Alberta
    Claire Carefoot
    Tel: 780-451-4002
    E-mail: CarefootCE@CSC-SCC.GC.CA

    The Salvation Army
    Hugh Osler Tel: 416-304-1974 ext. 111

    Seventh Step Society of Canada
    George Myette
    Tel:  403-995-4029

    St. Leonard's Society of Canada
    Elizabeth White
    Tel: 416-920-6116

    YOUCAN Youth Canada Association
    Dave Farthing
    Tel: 613-230-1903

For further information:

For further information: Patrick Altimas, President, (613) 761-1032

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