Policy Bulletin

Policy Bulletin 526

Interim Policy Bulletin

Requirement for Parole Officers to reflect the increase in public safety risk in the offender security level assessment when reviewing a suspended case that is recommended for revocation

The purpose of this Policy Bulletin is to modify CD 705-7 – Security Classification and Penitentiary Placement. More specifically, Annex E – Assessment for Decision for Security Classification and Penitentiary Placement – Report Outline will now specify the requirement for Parole Officers to reflect the increase in public safety risk in the offender security level assessment when reviewing a suspended case that is recommended for revocation.

As always, in preparing case management reports, case management staff will review supporting documentation and offer an individualized assessment regarding overall risk based on all information available to them. A number of factors and considerations should be drawn from the individualized post-release assessments and reports which led to a decision to suspend the offender and recommend revocation.

Public safety risk assessment must take into consideration that by recommending the revocation of a conditional release, the Case Management Team has determined that the offender’s risk is no longer manageable in a community setting. Therefore, the necessary and proportionate security level must take this into consideration.

To capture this increase in risk, the following clause has been added to the Public Safety Moderate and High Rating in Annex E:

  1. there are current indicator (s) of moderate risk/concern, that include a suspended case being recommended for revocation by the Case Management Team.

In addition, the breach of conditional release must be considered within the analysis section of the public safety risk. As public safety is paramount, sufficient rationale can be provided by giving consideration to an inmate’s history of offences related to violence, history of breach(es) of trust, nature and gravity of current situation that resulted in the suspension, as well as the recommendation of revocation being put forth by the Case Management Team. The following can be added to the narrative under public safety risk:

  • “By virtue of being recommended for revocation and in consideration of a breach in conditional release, public safety is to receive at least, a rating of moderate.”

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