Archive for Frequently asked questions

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…

Can prisoners lose their earned remission?

Earned remission allows provincial prisoners to be released prior to their warrant expiry date. Prisoners can be credited with 15 days of remission for each month served, which they can earn by obeying prison rules and conditions governing temporary absences,…

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