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5 Things to know about federal prisons and education

Correctional Service Canada (“CSC”) recognizes that education is important for rehabilitation and reintegration. Teaching certification and standards are regulated by provinces and territories, so programs may differ between prisons. However, CSC does try to maintain a standard level of service and…

What is a file correction?

Under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, Correctional Service Canada “shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that any information about an offender that it uses is as accurate, up to date and complete as possible.” This provision is part…

What happens when CSC seizes contraband?

Correctional Service Canada (“CSC”) staff members (or medical practioners in the case of body cavity searches) can seize contraband or evidence related to a disciplinary or criminal offence. In addition, employees of community-based residential facilities who conduct authorized searches may seize evidence…

What programs are available for federal prisoners?

Prisoners in federal prisons may be able to take both core and voluntary programs. Core programs are those implemented by Correctional Service Canada (“CSC”) that the prisoner’s Parole Officer recommends the prisoner to take. These programs are meant to help prisoners address their…

How does canteen work in provincial jails?

Prisoners in provincial jails in Ontario can purchase items from their institution’s canteen. Items must be purchased using money held in the prisoner’s trust account. This account consists of the money the prisoner had in their possession on their admission…

When can CSC search cells?

Correctional Service Canada staff members are entitled to search cells and their contents in certain circumstances. However, CSC staff members are only supposed to search cells to the extent reasonably required for security purposes. If a staff member believes on…

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