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Chapter 7 - Additional Information

Commonly Used Abbreviations Within CSC

4GL
fourth generation language
A&DO
Admission and Discharge Officer
A4D
Assessment for Decision
A/P
Account payable
AACCS
Associate Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Services
ABE
Adult Basic Education
AC
Activity Centre
AC
Assistant Commissioner
ACA-CIA
American Correctional Association/ Correctional Industries Association
ACCD
Assistant Commissioner, Corporate Development
ACG-MSS
Maintenance Management System
ACLS
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ACM
Activity Centre Manager
Assistant Commissioner, Performance Assurance
ACTIMS
Assistant Commissioner, Technical and Information Management Services
ADC
Assistant Deputy Commissioner
ADCAMS
Automated Data Collection, Analysis and Modelling System
ADP
Automated Data Processing
ADS
Alcohol Dependence Scale
ADTS
Appeal Decision Tracking System
AECB
Atomic Energy Control Board
AIM
Achieving Improved Measurement
AIT
Agreement on Internal Trade
AMIS
Asset Management Information System
AMS
Application Management Services
AP
For Assessment Purposes
APAC
Assessment and Program Assignment Committee
APEPU
Accounts payable enter payment unit
APEX
Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada
APR
Accelerated Parole Review
APS
Aboriginal People's Survey
APSFA
Association of Public Service Financial Administrators
ARAUM
Assistant Regional Administrator, Unit Management
ARC
Addictions Research Centre
ARD
Addictions Research Division
ARI
Fleet Management Information System
ARLU
Annual Reference Level Update
ARMS
Automated Records Management System
ASRB
Administrative Segregation Review Board
AS
Admission status (FSW)
ATIP
Access to Information and Privacy
ATL
Assistant Team Leader
AWCP
Assistant Warden, Correctional Programs
AWMS
Assistant Warden, Management Services
BCCW
Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women
BFOR
Bona Fide Occupational Requirements
BIA
Business Impact Analysis
BIDR
Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding
BM
Business Manager (IMS
BP
Business Plan
BSEI
Business Systems Engineering and Integration
BSS
Business Solutions Services
BTLS
 
CAAT
Canadian Adult Achievement Test
CA
Community Assessment
CAB
CORCAN Advisory Board
CAC
Consulting and Audit Canada
CAC
Corporate Advisor Chaplaincy
CAC
Citizen Advisory Committee
CADC
Crown Assets Distribution Centre
CAEFS
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
CAHR
Corporate Advisor of Human Resources
CAIS
Central Accounting Information System
CAL
Computer Assisted Learning
CAMS
Corporate Acquisition Management System
CAN
Cons AIDS Network
CAP
Career Assignment Program
CAPB
Canadian Association of Police Boards
CAPS
Capital Allotment Planning System
CAPS
Construction Allotment Planning System
CAPS
Community Assessment and Parole Supervision (Program)
CAPS
Computer Assisted Pardon System (NPB
CAR
Council for Administrative Renewal
CAS
Central Accounting System
CAS
Contract Administration System
CAS
Children Aid Society
CASA
Computerized Assessment of Substance Abuse
CASE
Computer-aided systems engineering
CAT
Computer Assisted Teaching
CBRF
Community-Based Residential Facilities
CC
Cost Centre
CCC
Community Correctional Centre
CCD
Council of Canadians with disabilities
CCG
Canada Communication Group
CCIC
Canadian Council for International Cooperation
CCJA
Canadian Criminal Justice Association
CCJS
Canadian Criminal Justice System
CCJS
Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics
CCM
Co-ordinator Case Management
CCMD
Canada Centre for Management Development
CCO
Coordinator, Correctional Operations
CCRA
Corrections and Conditional Release Act
CCRR
Corrections and Conditional Release Regulations
CCS
Cell Call System
CCTV
Close Circuit Television
CD
Commissioner's Directive
CDFS
Common Departmental Financial System
CDO
Community Development Officer
CEBP
Contribution to Employees Benefit Plans
CEDAW
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
CED
Common Enterprise Desktop
CEO
Chief Executive Officer (CORCAN)
CES
Communications and Executive Services (sector)
CFMRS
Central Financial Management and Reports System
CFS
Chief Food Services
CFSMS
Computerized Food Service Management System
CGSB
Canadian General Standards Board
CHIPS
Choosing Health in Prison
CHR
Custodian Holdings Report
CHRA
Canadian Human Rights Act
CHRC
Canadian Human Rights Commissio
CHS
Chief, Health Services
CIC
Crisis Information Centre
CISC
Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada
CISD
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
CISM
Critical Incident Stress Management
CJDMN
Criminal Justice Diversity Management Network
CJIL
Criminal Justice Information Library (Data Warehouse)
CLAI
Computerized Lifestyle Assessment Instrument
CLC
Canada Labour Code
CLC
Comprehensive Land Claims
CLEMS
Casual Labour Electronic Management System
CLTS
Casual Labour Tracking System
CMIS
Community Management Information System
CMLC
Correctional Management Learning Centre
CMO
Case Management Officer
CMT
Case Management Team
CO
Correctional Officer
COE
Centre of Expertise
COMS
Community Offender Management Scale
CON
Condition other than normal (re: addictions
COP
Corporate Operational Plan
COP
Correctional Operations and Programs
COPAT
Correctional Officer Physical Ability Test
COTP
Correctional Officer Training Program
CPAI
Correctional Programs Assessment Inventory
CPCP
Correctional Policy and Corporate Planning (sector)
CPIC
Canadian Police Information Centre
CPIS
Computerized Photo Identification System (old name)
CPIS
Computerised Photo Imaging System (new)
CPO
Correctional Programs Officer
CPPR
Correctional Plan Progress Report
CPS
Clemency and Pardons System
CPSIN
Canadian Public Safety Information Network
CP and SAFE
Crisis Planner and Skills and Assets for Emergencies
CQI
Continuous Quality Improvement
CRB
Contract Review Board
CRC/F
Community Residential Centre/Facility
CRD
Correctional Research and Development (sector)
CRF
Consolidated Revenue Fund
CRF
Corporate Reserve Fund
CRMS
Community Reintegration Management Strategy
CRS
Corporate Reporting System
CRS
Custody Rating Scale
CS
Canteen System
CS
Community Strategy
CSC
Correctional Service Canada
CSC
Correctional Staff College
CSE
Communications Security Establishment
CSIS
Canadian Security Intelligence Service
CSTP
Correctional Supervisor Training Program
CSMS
Claims Settlement Management System
CTS
Casual Tracking System (PeopleSoft)
CTSC
Correctional Technology Sub-Committee
CTP
Correctional Training Program
CV
Code vote
DAC
Development Assistance Committee
DAST
Drug Abuse Screening Test
DBA
Departmental Bank Accounts
DBMS
Database Management System
DBT
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DC
Deputy Commissioner
DCA
Director Corporate Affairs (CORCAN)
DCP
Departmental Classification Plan
DCS
Door Control System
DCW
Deputy Commissioner for Women
DD
District Director
DFIA
Dynamic Factor Identification and Analysis
DGL
Document Generation Language
DGOR
Director General, Offender Reintegration
DMQ
DEC Message Queue
DOB
Date of Birth
DPMS
Departmental Personnel Management System
DPO
District Parole Office
DPR
Departmental Performance Report
DRS
Departmental Reporting System
EAA
Electronic Authorization and Authentification
EAP
Employee Assistance Program
EASH
Employee Assistance Safety and Health
EBP
Employee Benefit Plans
ECAP
Expert Committee on Aids and Prisons
ECOTS
Electronic Catalogue Order Taking System
ECT
Electroconvulsive Therapy
EDI
Early Departure Incentive
EDT
Eastern Daylight Time
EE
Employment Equity
EEP
Employment and Employability Program
EEPMP
Employment Equity Positive Measures Program
EGADS
Exam Generation, Analysis & Documentation System
EIFW
Edmonton Institution for Women
ERIS
Electronic Real Property Information System
EIS
Executive Information System
EOS
Executive Operational Support
EPA
Effective Project Approval
EPS
Electronic Publishing Services
ER
Equitable Resourcing
ERD
Early Release Date
ERIP
Early Retirement Incentive Plan
ERPS
Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
ERS
Electronic Records System
ERT
Emergency Response Team (RCMP)
ESA
Exchange of Service Agreement
ESTATEC
Enabling Staff Through Advanced Technology
ETA
Escorted Temporary Absence
EXCOM
Executive Committee
FAA
Financial Administration Act
FAM
Financial Administration Manual
FAS
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
FASO
Federal Association of Security Officials
FBP
Federal Bureau of Prisons
FEAI
Federal Environmental Assessment Index
FF
Formula Funding
FFA
Financial Administrative Act
FIS
Financial Information Strategy
FLEUR
Federal Law Enforcement Under Review
FLIP
Family Life Improvement Program
FMAF
Financial Management Accountability Framework
FMIS
Fleet Management Information System
FORD
Financial Officers Recruitment and Development
FPS
Finger Print System
FSA
Financial Signing Authority
FSD
Federal Service Division
FSEDIT
(procédure informatique)
FSMR
Food Services Monthly Report
FSS
Nutritek Food Services System
FSSEP
Federal Summer Student Employment Program
FSW
Federally Sentenced Women
FTE
Full Time Equivalent
FTP
File Transfer Protocol
FVRA
Family Violence Risk Assessment
FY
Fiscal Year
GCWCC
Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (former United Way / Healthpartners Campaign)
GED
General Education Development
GEDS
Government Electronic Directory Services
GEMS
Government's Expenditure Management System
GHSP
Guaranteed Home Sales Plan
GIS
Guaranteed Income Supplement
GLDI
General Ledger Desktop Interface
GJV
General Journal Voucher
GOL
Government on Line
GRO
General Read Only
GSIR
General Statistical Information on Recidivism
GSP
Government Security Policy
GST
Goods and Services Tax
GTIS
Government Telecommunications and Informatics Services
GTS
Government Travel Service
GVMS
Government Voice Messaging Service
HAS
Head, Accounting Services
HIFVPP
High Intensity Family Violence Prevention Program
HIS
Health Information System
HR
Human Resources
HRMIS
Human Resources Management Information System
HRMS
Human Resource Management Sector
HRMS
Human Resources Management System
HTML
informatic language
HVAC
heating, ventilating and air conditioning
IAJV
International Association of Justice Volunteerism
IAPRC
Issues Analysis and Policy Review Committee
IAS
Inmate Accounting System
IBWB
Inventory of Beliefs About Wife Beating
ICA
International corrections association - An association for the advancement of professional corrections
ICB
Index of Controlling Behaviour
ICOGB
Cognitive Skills Booster - Instructor
ICP
Independent Chairperson
ICPA
International Corrections and Prisons Association
ICW
International Council of Women
IDRIS
Inmate Documentation Retrieval Information System
IFMMS
Integrated Financial & Material Management System
IFS
Institutional Functioning Scale
IERT (or ERT)
(Institutional) Emergency Response Team
IFC
Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy
IMC
Information Management Committee
IM/ITSS
Information Management/Information Technology Strategic Support
IMP
Information Management Plan
IMRS
Integrated Management Reporting System
IMS
Inmate Movement System
IMS
Information Management Services
IMSP
Information Management Strategic Paper
IMTC
Information Management and Technology Committee
IMTRB
Information Management and Technology Review Board
INC
Information Network Canada
IPCA
International Prison Chaplains' Association
IPIRS
Integrated Police Incident Reporting System
IPS
Inmate Pay System
IPSO
Institutional Preventive Security Officer
IRC
Inmate Related Costs
ISC
Information Sharing Checklist
ISM
Infrastructure and Service Management
ISMD
Infrastructure and Service Management Division
IRO
Institutional Reintegration Operations
IST
Interpersonal Skills Training
ISU
Intensive Support Unit
IT
Information Technology
ITC
Individual Travel Card
ITSC
Information Technology Security Coordinator
ITSWG
Information Technology Standards Working Group
IWY
International Women's Year
JAC
Joint Action Committee
JOSH
Joint Occupational Safety and Health Committee
JPEG
Joint Photographic Experts Group
K
Thousands
KMPD
Knowledge Management and Policy Development
KSC
Kekunwemkonawuk Sub-Committee
LAN
Local Area Network
LCT-50
Lethal concentration 50
L&D
Learning and Development
LLMC
Local Labour-Management Committee
LOBJ
line object
LPO
Local Purchase Order
LRAP
Long Range Accommodation Plan
LSCP
Learning Strategy Classroom Program
LSLS
Legal Services Litigation System
LTCP
Long Term Capital Plan
LTMS
Long Term Management Strategy
LTOP
Long Term Organization Plan
LTS
Long Term Supervision
LTSO
Long Term Supervision Order
M
Millions
MAI
Multi-Dimensional Anger Inventory
MAOR
Management, Administration and Operations Review
MAU
Millhaven Assessment Unit
MCCP
Main Communications and Control Post
MCCPO
Main Communications and Control Post Operator
MCES
Manager, Communications and Executive Services
MCF
Management Control Framework
MCS
Mission Critical Systems
ME
Main Estimates
MHU
Mental Health Unit
MIC
Management Information Component
MIDA
Multi-Institutional Disposition Authorities
MIFVPP
Moderate Intensity Family Violence Prevention Program
MIS
Management Information System
MM
Management Trainee (position group)
MMS
Maintenance Management System
MMT
Methadone Maintenance Treatment
MOA
Master Occupancy Agreement
MOA
Manual for Occupancy of Accommodation
MOBJ
management object
MOU
Memorandum of Understanding
MPG
Managing Personal Growth
MPP
Meat Processing Plant (CORCAN)
MRM
Management Reporting Module
MRS
Machine Registry System
MSAT
Mobile Communications Satellite
MSS
Management Support Services
MSU
Maximum Security Unit
MTP
Management Training Program
MUH
Mental Handling Unit
MYERS
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Training
MYOP
Multi Year Operational Plan
NAAC
National Aboriginal Advisory Committee
NAACJ
National Associations Active in Criminal Justice
NAAW
National Access Awareness Week
NACPD
National Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities
NAFTA
North American Free Trade Agreement
NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAV
National Volunteer Association
NCAOP
National Capital, Accommodation and Operations Plan
NCARC
National Capital Accommodation Review Committee
NCAP
National Capital Accommodation Plan
NCCC
National Council on Community Corrections
NCJRS
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
NCPC
National Crime Prevention Council
NCPG
National Contingency Plan Group
NDISS
National Depot / Institutional Stores System
NEADS
National Educational Association of Disabled Students
NEC/RC
National Executive Committee/ Regional Coordinators
NEP
Needle Exchange Program
NGO
non-governmental organization
NHQ
National Headquarters
NHSC
National Health Services Council
NIDA
National Institute of Drug Abuse
NLDC
National Learning and Development Committee
NLMC
National Labour-Management Committee
NPB
National Parole Board
NRG
National Resource Group
NT
terme informatique
NVIC
Non violent crisis intervention
NYC
Not yet classified
O&M
Operations and Maintenance
O/S
outstanding (domaine financier)
OAETS
Office Automation Engineering and Technology Service
OAG
Office of the Auditor General
OASIS
Office Automation Systems and Information Services
OATS
Offender Assessment Tutoring System
OBS
Open Bidding Service
OC
Oleoresin Capsicum
ODT
Operational Development Team (informatique)
OIA
Offender Intake Assessment
OIAS
Offender Intake Assessment System
OLDE
Off-line Data Entry
OMC
Operations Management Committee
OMDW
Offender Management Data Warehouse
OMS
Offender Management System
OMSR
Offender Management System Renewal
OOC
Other Operating Costs
OPI
Office of Primary Interest
OPR
Office of Primary Responsibility
ORACLE
(INFORMATIQUE)
ORMS
Offender Reintegration Management System
OSAPP
Offender Substance Abuse Pre-release Program
OSH
Occupational Safety and Health
OSSC
Operations and Services Sub-Committee
P4W
Prison for Women
PAA
Privileged Administrative Arrangement
PAL
Purchase Authority Limit
PALS
Portable Alarm Locating System
PASS
Procurement and Acquisition Support System
PAYE
Payables at Year-End
PBDA
Pension Benefits Division Act
PC
Protective Custody
PCO
Privy Council Office
PCP
phencyclidine (angel dust)
PDP
Personal Development Plan
PEC
Peer Education and Counselling
PED
parole eligibility date
PER
Performance Evaluation Report
PER
Personnel Evaluation Report
PER
Parole Eligibility Report
PERT
Program Evaluation and Review Technique
PFA
Penological Factor Allowance
PFTS
Personnel Form Tracking System
PFV
Private Family Visit
PIDS
Perimetric Intrusion Detection System
PIF
Program Integrity Funds
PIN
Personal Identification Number
PIPSC
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
PIR
Protected Information Report
PISC
Primary Information Sharing Checklist
PM
Preventive Maintenance
PM
Product Manager
PMIS
Program Management Information System
PMP
Performance Management Plan
PO
Purchase Order
PODD
Payment on Due Date
POIP
Parole Officer Induction Program
POTP
Parole Officer Training Program
PPA
Preliminary Project Approval
PPAS
Personal Portable Alarm System
PPC
Policy, Planning and Coordination (Sector)
PPRS
Program Priority Rating System
PRAS
Planning, Reporting and Accountability Structure
PRET
Process Reengineering and Environmental Technologies (name of a consultant's firm)
PRI
Personal Record Identifier
PSAC
Public Service Alliance Canada
PSC
Public Service Commission
PSCS
Public Service Compensation System
PSHCP
Public Service Health Care Plan
PSLCN
Public Service Learning and Communications Network
PSR
Progress Summary Report
PSR
Psychosocial Rehabilitation
PSS
Personnel Security System
PSSRB
Public Service Staff Relations Board
PST
Peer Support Team
PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PVO
Persistently Violent Offenders
PWGSC
Public Works and Government Services Canada
QA
Quality Assurance
RACIO
Regional Administrator, Community and Institutional Operations
RACO
Regional Administrator, Correctional Operations
RADAR
Reports of Automated Data Applied to Reintegration
RAP
Risk Assessment Profile
RAP
Reintegration Assessment Profile
RAPAI
Regional Administrator, Planning, Administration and Informatics
RAPS
Regional Administrator, Personnel Services
RATS
Regional Administrator, Technical Services
RCC
Regional Chief Classification
RCCC
Regional Community Correctional Council
RCMP
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RCSP
Records Classification and Scheduling Plan (replaced by the DCP)
RCWE
Regional Chief, Works and Engineering
RDBMS
Relational Database Management System
RDC
Regional Deputy Commissioner
READ
Re-Engineering and Alternative Delivery
REMAPP
Re-Engineering Manager's Acquisition and Payment Process
REMO
Regional Engineering Maintenance Officer
RFP
Request for Proposals
RFPO
Regional Facilities Planning Officers
RHQ
Regional Headquarter
RIDC
Regional Infectious Disease Coordinator
RITM
Regional Implementation Team Member (PeopleSoft)
RJO
Reasonable Job Offer
RLMC
Regional Labour-Management Committee
RMC
Regional Management Committee
RMS
Risk Management Strategy (Case Management Document)
ROPS
Role, Objectives, Priorities, Strategies
ROSTR
Rostering System
RPC
Regional Psychiatric Centre
RPIS
Regional Pay Interface System
RPM
Regional Program Manager
RPP
Report on Plans and Priorities
RTC
Regional Treatment Centre
RTEO
Regional Telecommunications and Electrical Officer
RVC
Regional Volunteer Coordinator
s/b
should be
SADP
Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines
SAFE
Skills and Assets for Emergencies
SAL
Shared Accommodation Leadership
SARA
Spousal Assault Risk Assessment (Guide
SAS
Statistical Analysis System
SCJLA
Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs
SDC
Senior Deputy Commissioner
SDCPS
Senior Director, Construction Policy and Services
SDLC
Systems Development Life Cycle
SDO
Social Development Officer
SDS
Sustainable Development Strategy
SEA
Senior Environmental Advisor
SEI
Systems Engineering and Integration
SEMC
Senior Executive Management Committee
SEN
Senior Executive Network
SFO
Senior Financial Officer
SGC
Senior General Counsel
SGMP
Small Group Meal Preparation
SHU
Special Handling Unit
SIMS
Salary Information Management System
SIN
Strategic Information Network
SIO
Security Intelligence Officer
SIR
Security Information Report
SIR
Statistical Information on Recidivism (scale)
SIS
Stock Item Supply
SIS
Supervisor, Institutional Services
SIS
Store Institutional Supervisor
SLE
Structured Living Environment Structured Living Environment Unit/House
SM
Scheduled Maintenance
SMA
Shared Management Agenda
SMO
Sentence Management Office
SMO
Security Maintenance Officer
SMS
System Management Server
SO
Sales Order (CORCAN)
SOA
Special Operating Agency
SOAAR
Society of Aboriginal Addiction & Recovery
SOP
Standard Operating Practices
SOS
Struck-off Strength
SPC
Senior Personnel Committee
SPO
Social Programs Officer
SPS
Standard Payment System
SQL
Structure Query Language
SR
Security Reclassification
SRD
Statutory Release Date
SRS
Security Reclassification Scale
SRSW
Security Reclassification Scale for Women
SSP
Self Service Purchasing (Module of the Integrated Financial & Material Management System)
STAP
Short Term Accommodation Plan
SYMIX
 
TA
Temporary Absence
TAN
Travel Authority Number
TB
Treasury Board
TBA
to be announced
TBS
Treasury Board Secretariat
TCP/IP
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
TD
Temporary Detention
TDA
Training and Development Application
TDC
Training and Development Canada
TELECOM
Telecommunications, phone
TEPS
Technology Engineering and Production Services (Director)
TES
Travel Expert System
TIES
Technical Investigations and Engineering Support
TIMS
Technical and Information Management Services
TRA
Threat and Risk Assessment
TRNS4
Translation Registry
TSD
Target Start Date
TSU
Team Supervision Unit
UAL
Unlawfully at Large
UCCO
Union of Canadian Correctional Officers
UCS
Universal Classification Standard
UM
Unit Manager
UPC
Urinalysis Program Coordinator
USGE
Union of the Solicitor General Employees
USM
Unscheduled Maintenance
UTA
Unescorted Temporary Absence
V&C
Visits and Correspondence
VCLAS
Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System
VCO
Visit and Correspondence Officer
VIP
Visual Identification Processor
VISA
Violence interdite sur autrui (sans traduction)
VMS
Digital System
VOR
Vehicle Operating Reporting
VRB
Visit Review Board
VRS
Violence Risk Scale
VT
Voluntary Transfer
WAC
Women Advisory Committee
WAN
Wide Area Network
WCT
Women Centred Training
WDAC
Work Descriptions Approval Committee
WED
Warrant Expiry Date
WHMIS
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
WILPF
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
WOS
Women Offenders Sector
WOSAP
Women Offender Substance Abuse Program
WR
Work Release
WSIB
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
WTO-AGP
World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement
YCJA
Youth Criminal Justice Act

 

Justice System Terms

As a volunteer in an institution or parole office, you will hear words and expressions with which you might not be familiar. Here are some:

Accelerated Parole Release (APR):
The objective of accelerated review is to facilitate the release of first time non-violent federal offenders, when they become eligible for full parole, through the planned and deliberate identification of those offenders who, if released, are not likely to commit an offence involving violence before the expiration of their sentence.

Administrative Segregation:
Confinement to keep the inmate from associating with other inmates in order to maintain the security of the penitentiary.

Admission (to penitentiary):
Initial acceptance of an offender on arrival at an institution.

Adult:
For the purposes of the Criminal Justice System, this term refers to anyone who has attained the age of 18 years.

Back Shift:
A morning or evening shift in penal institutions.

Bail:
Cash property or written guarantee of appearance in court, to answer a charge when formally accused of an offence.

Body Cavity Search:
A procedure, in addition to a strip search, which includes the physical probing of the rectum or vagina.

Canadian Police Information Centre:
See CPIC.

Case Conference:
A meeting of interested parties such as a social worker, a doctor, a psychologist and a probation officer to discuss and co-ordinate work on a current case.

Case Management Officer (CMO):
Formerly known as a classification officer or living unit development officer. Provides casework services for offenders by formulating individual offender program plans, in the institution and in the community

Case Management Officer (Community) (CMOC):
See Case Management Officer (CMO)

Case Management Officer (Institution) (CMOI):
See Case Management Officer (CMO).

Case Management Process:
A basic means by which all sentences are managed. The process is designed to ensure that all relevant information about individual offenders is coordinated and focused to produce a clear understanding of a case at any given time during a sentence.

Case Management Supervisor (CMS):
May be any of the following: Head of a Living Unit; Assistant Supervisor of Classification, Section Supervisor, Superintendent of a CCC.

Case Management Team (CMT):
A team of Correctional Service Canada employees assigned to an inmate for the purpose of managing the sentence of that inmate.

Case Review Session:
Meeting of Case Management Team to review case.

Classification:
The process of placing an individual in the appropriate institution to meet his/her needs and to adjust his/her placement accordingly. Prior to arrival at an institution, each offender is interviewed and tested by professional staff to determine a rehabilitative plan for the offender.

Closed Visit:
See screened visit.

Commissioner's Directive (CD):
These directives communicate to CSC personnel how basic policy is to be interpreted and implemented.

Community Assessment (CA):
A document designed to request and record relevant contacts and information in the community based on field investigations by a case management officer or private agency under contract.

Community-based Residential Centre (CRC):
A halfway house in the community, privately operated, which provides accommodation to offenders who are on parole, statutory release or temporary absence.

Community Correctional Centre (CCC):
A penitentiary which provides a regular release program for its residents. CCC house primarily offenders on day parole and are designated as minimum security institutions.

Community Residential Centre (CRC):
See Community-based residential centre.

Concurrent Sentence:
Two or more sentences served at the same time; the length of time to be served determined by the longest sentence.

Consecutive Sentence:
Two or more sentences to be served, one immediately following the other.

Contact Visit:
For an inmate, the possibility to meet with a visitor without a physical barrier to personal contact.

Contraband:
Anything that is in an inmate's possession in circumstances in which possession thereof is forbidden by any Act, regulation or Commissioner's Directive, or by an order of general or specific application within the penitentiary in which the inmate is imprisoned.

CORCAN:
The part of the Correctional Service of Canada that is responsible for penitentiary industry.

Correctional Investigator (CI):
A person appointed by the Governor-in-Council, independent of CSC, who conducts investigations into the problems of offenders related to decisions, recommendations, acts or omissions of the Commissioner or any person under the control and management of, or performing services for or on behalf of the Commissioner, that affect offenders either individually or as a group.

Correctional Officer (CO):
An officer responsible for the day-to-day operations of correctional facilities. The officer's duties vary according to the type of institution, but security and the daily welfare of inmates are of primary importance in all facilities.

CPIC (Canadian Police Information Centre):
A national computer information system used to do security checks; also used by police to determine existence of outstanding warrants or charges.

Dangerous Sexual Offender (DSO):
This term is no longer used in the Criminal Code. It has been replaced by "Dangerous Offender".

Day Parole (DP):
The authority granted to an offender by the NPB or a provincial parole board to be at large during the offender's term of imprisonment in order to prepare the offender for full parole or statutory release, the conditions of which require the offender to return to a penitentiary, a community-based residential facility or a provincial correctional facility each night, unless otherwise authorized in writing

Day Parole Eligibility Date (DPED):
Offenders are eligible for day parole six months before they are eligible for full parole.

Definite Sentence:
A sentence that has an end, unlike a life or indeterminate sentence.

Discharge Date:
The day on which an offender's sentence fully expires.

Disciplinary Dissociation:
Dissociation used to restrict the freedom of movement inmates would normally enjoy in the general population.

Dissociation:
The term "dissociation" includes punitive dissociation, administrative segregation and protective custody.

Eligibility Date:
The date on which an offender has completed that portion of his/her sentence which must be served before he/she may be granted full parole, day parole, or temporary absence.

Escorted Temporary Absence (ETA):
See Temporary absence.

Finger Printing System Number (FPS):
The fingerprint system of the RCMP.

Frisk Search:
A hand search from head to foot, down the front and rear of the body, around the legs and inside clothing folds, pockets and footwear, including use of hand-held scanning devices.

Full Parole (FP):
The authority granted to an offender by the NPB or a provincial parole board to be at large during the offender's term of imprisonment.

General Population:
A term referring to inmates who are not confined to the dissociation area.

General Security Investigation:
A detailed examination of the circumstances surrounding a specific security incident such as a major disturbance, a serious assault or the introduction of contraband.

Grievance Procedure:
See Offender Complaint and Grievance System.

Independent Chairperson:
A person appointed to conduct hearings of serious disciplinary offences.

Indeterminate Sentence:
A sentence that does not have an expiry date, imposed on persons found to be dangerous offenders, dangerous sexual offenders or habitual criminals.

Indictable Offence:
Offences which are so labeled by the Criminal Code or other federal statute. These are considered to be more serious, and are subject to greater penalties than summary conviction offences.

Initial Assessment:
An assessment which makes it possible to identify criminogenic factors and offenders' needs upon commencement of sentence, thereby providing offenders with access to appropriate programs and treatment throughout their sentence.

Inmate Grievance Committee:
A committee that is established in a penitentiary for the purpose of reviewing inmates' grievance and making recommendations with respect thereto to the institutional head and that consists of an equal number of inmates and staff members.

Inmate Trust Fund (ITF):
A trust account in which are deposited all moneys that accompany an inmate to the institution and all moneys that are received on behalf of that inmate while in custody.

Life Sentence:
A sentence with no warrant expiry date imposed for the duration of a person's life. Life sentences generally carries a minimum number of years which must be served before an offender becomes eligible for parole. For example, a conviction for first degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of 25 years before parole eligibility, while a conviction for second degree murder imposes a minimum sentence of 10 but not more than 25 years.

Mandatory Supervision (MS):
A program under which federal offenders could serve, under supervision in the community before warrant expiry, a period equivalent to the sentence credits earned through remission.

Offender Complaint and Grievance System:
A system designed to address problems that affect the lives of offenders under the jurisdiction of the Correctional Service of Canada.

Offender Management System (OMS):
An integrated support system for the management of offender information.

Offender Population Profile (OPPS):
A system which extracts data once a month from the sentence administration and parole supervision systems to provide statistical reports on offenders in the care of the Correctional Service of Canada.

Open Visit:
For an inmate, the possibility to meet with a visitor without a physical barrier to personal contact.

Pre-sentence Report:
A report ordered by the court and prepared by a probation officer on any person found guilty or convicted of an offence. The report provides factual information as to family and employment histories, previous convictions, and any other social information that will assist the judge in disposing of a case.

Protective Custody (PC):
The dissociation of an offender from the general prison population in the best interests of the particular offender.

Range:
Hallway and row of prisoner cells.

Receiving Institution:
A penitentiary designated by the Commissioner of Corrections to receive inmates.

Reception Centre:
An institution or an area of an institution which serves as an induction centre for offenders entering the federal corrections system.

Release Certificate:
Provides an offender with the legal authority to be in the community on parole or mandatory supervision, subject to the terms and conditions imposed by the National Parole Board for the period of time specified on the certificate.

Remand:
Process to postpone court proceedings until a future date.

Remand Centre:
An institution which provides temporary custody facilities for those persons awaiting trial.

Review Date:
The date by which the National Parole Board is required to review an offender's case and make a decision regarding the granting or denial of full parole, as set by law or a decision by the Board.

Screened Visit:
There is no physical contact between the inmate and the visitor since they are separated by a glass screen and can communicate only by telephone.

Security:
Institutions are classified generally as maximum, medium, or minimum security, according to the freedom and privilege offenders are permitted within institutional confines. Offenders are classified according to their perceived security risk.

Segregation (SEG):
An offender separated from the institution population as a disciplinary measure (administrative segregation) or for protection from other offenders (protective custody), either at the discretion of the Warden or the offender's request.

Special Handling Unit (SHU):
A super-maximum security unit for housing particularly difficult or dangerous offenders.

Standing Order (SO):
Policies and procedures set out by the Warden to complement the Commissioner's Directives (CDs) within a specific institution.

Strip Search:
A visual search of the naked body as well as a search of all clothing and things in the clothing.

Subpoena:
Legal document compelling attendance at court of a person named. Usually used to compel attendance of witnesses.

Summary Offence:
Offences described by the Criminal Code and other federal statutes, and offences under provincial statutes, and municipal by-laws. These offences are subject to fines not exceeding $2,000, or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both.

Summons:
A legal document commanding a person to attend before a court.

Suspension:
The means by which an individual whose conduct does not conform to the terms and conditions of release is returned to custody for consideration of revocation by the Board.

Temporary Absence (TA):
A brief leave, escorted or unescorted from an institution for medical or humanitarian reasons, which include obtaining medical care not available in the institution, or attending the funeral of a close family member. May be Escorted (ETA) or Unescorted (UTA).

Unescorted Temporary Absence (UTA):
See Temporary absence.

Unit Management:
A decentralized approach to inmate management within an institution.

Warrant:
Legal document permitting police to arrest and take into custody the person named on the warrant.

Warrant of Committal (W of C):
The document issued by a court which directs that the named person be committed to serve a term of imprisonment.

Warrant Expiry Date (WED):
Refers to the expiry date of the original warrant the date of the end of the sentence.

 

Subculture Jargon

One of the features of prison subcultures is the existence of a unique vocabulary.

Back shift:
The midnight to morning shift. See also graveyard shift.
Beef:
A charge, a fight or argument.
Bit:
A prison sentence, e.g., he's doing a 4 year bit.
Black beauties:
Speed pills in the form of black capsules.
Blow:
Cocaine.
Blow away:
To kill.
Blues:
Valium. Also referred to as V's.
Bombs:
Barbiturates.
Bombed out:
Totally stoned.
Brew:
Homemade alcohol.
Bridal suite:
An unfurnished dissociation cell used for holding problematic offenders for short periods of time. Also called Penthouse suite, or China cell.
Brother:
A form of address used among offenders, especially among blacks.
Bug:
An electronic eavesdropping device; An offender who constantly annoys staff with requests, questions; Someone who is crazy; A homemade water heater.
Bug juice:
Psychological treatment with mood altering drugs.
Bull:
A term for a guard who is aggressive with offenders. There are yard bulls and gun bulls. Harness bulls are policemen in uniform.
Bum beef:
Also bum rap; an unfair conviction.
Bummer:
Bad experience.
Busted:
To be arrested.
China cell:
See Bridal suite.
Chopper:
A machine gun, a motor cycle or teeth.
Con:
Abbreviation of convict.
Con man:
One who specializes in separating people from their money by means of trickery rather than violence.
Contract:
An unwritten agreement to arrange for some person's death, i.e. murder. Used primarily in organized crime.
Cool:
Someone who does not draw heat (attention) or has got it together; someone who is solid.
Cop out, to:
To plead guilty to an offense as charged.
Copper:
A correctional officer or living unit officer. Also referred to as a Screw. Also a police officer.
Count up:
An order to prepare for an official population count.
Deadlock:
To be in a locked cell. May also refer to a prison lock up.
Deuce:
A two-year prison sentence.
Deuce less:
A sentence of two years less a day.
Diddler:
A child molester.
Digger:
Solitary confinement; the hole.
Dime:
Ten dollars; a ten year sentence.
Dime bag:
A small quantity of drugs.
Do gooder:
A person who staff perceive to be excessively helpful to offenders, at the expense of security and control.
Drag queen:
A homosexual with feminine dress behaviors and mannerisms. See also Queen.
Drum:
An offender's cell. Also called a House.
Dumped:
Murdered.
Easy time:
Serving your sentence the easy way, often by cutting off all emotional attachments to the outside.
Faggot:
Homosexual.
Fish:
Newcomer, offender or staff to the institution.
Fish screw:
A new correctional or living unit officer.
Flip:
Acting irrationally, in a rage, without emotional or mental control. Also called flipping out or spinning out.
Fuzz:
Police.
Gong show:
Parole Board.
Goof:
The worst thing you can call a man, it means he has no honor or integrity.
Grass:
Marijuana
Graveyard:
The night shift or midnight shift. See also back shift.
Hack:
Screw, a standard term for all officers.
Hard time:
Serving your sentence the hard way, often with someone on the outside that you love.
Head games:
Actions perceived as unethical; To manipulate someone using psychological pressure.
Head shrinker:
Usually refers to psychiatrists, but can also refer to a whole department of psychologists and counsellors.
Heat:
Unwanted attention towards someone.
Hit:
A murder, especially one which is premeditated; A single dose of drugs (a fix).
Hit man:
A hired killer.
Hole:
Segregation area. Solitary confinement. Also referred to as Seg.
Hooker:
A prostitute.
Inside:
Within a prison.
John:
Either a prostitute's customer or a washroom.
Joint:
A cigarette containing cannabis; A prison.
Keeper:
A senior correctional officer in charge of the institution.
Key up:
A request a person makes to a correctional officer to open a barrier, grill or door.
Kid:
An offender who looks, or is young and may be under the protection or tutelage of another offender, usually in exchange for sexual favors.
Kite:
A written communication (such as a note, letter or request) from an offender to a senior correctional authority. Also may refer to a letter or message taken out of the prison without the knowledge of the authorities.
Laid back:
Relaxed.
Lam, to be on the:
On the loose, on the run.
Life on the installment plan:
A series of limited prison sentences which, with persistent criminality, add up to life in prison. Also refers to someone who is in and out of prison.
Lifer:
Someone doing a life sentence.
Lock up:
The state of being in one's cell.
Mickey:
Pint of alcohol.
Muscle:
Physically abusive; To extort.
Over the fence:
The other side of the prison wall.
PCU:
Protective custody unit where inmates who need protection from other inmates are housed. These include child molesters, rapists, informers, etc.
Penthouse Suite:
See Bridal suite.
Pig:
A member of the security staff.
Pigeon:
An informer.
Pipe:
To strike someone (usually on the head) with a pipe, iron bar, baseball bat or any similar object.
Play the game:
To pretend to accept and go along with a proposed course of action.
Punk:
Usually refers to young offenders who play and talk tough and quarrel easily with other inmates (sometimes over trivial matters); An inmate who permits himself to be used homosexually. He is not really homosexual by nature, but submits rather than fight an older or stronger group; Someone who has not learned the rules, who makes trouble, or is trying to make a reputation for himself.
Queen:
See Drag queen.
Rap:
To talk; To take the blame (rap); Charge.
Rape-o:
A sex offender.
Rat:
To inform on someone. Also referred to as snitching, tattling, putting the finger on someone.
Rip off:
To steal.
Sally port:
The principal vehicle entrance to the institution.
Score, settling a:
To get even.
Screw:
Correctional or Living Unit officer. Also called copper.
Scum:
A despicable low person; Also a Scum bag.
Scum bag:
See Scum.
Seg:
Segregation, special handling unit, also SHU.
Set-up:
Refers to a situation where one is set up to be busted (caught/arrested).
Shaking it rough:
Doing hard time.
Shank:
A knife, usually homemade, in the possession of an offender. Also called a shiv.
Shiv:
See shank.
Six:
The lookout man who gives a warning call, "four" to other offenders that institutional staff are approaching or in the area.
Skin beef:
A sentence for a sex crime.
Skinner:
A person who has committed a sexual crime, notably rape.
Sky pilot:
A minister, priest or rabbi.
Slash:
Inflict bodily harm with a sharp object.
Snow job:
An effort to confuse, con or fool someone by subterfuge.
Solid:
Someone with integrity, who can be trusted.
Square John:
One who is not usually involved in a life of crime; One who commits only one crime; A crime of passion such as murder; Also straight john; Refers to any respectable person.
Stash:
As a noun, it is a hiding place for drugs or other contraband. As a verb (to stash), it is the action of hiding or putting away something, such as drugs or other contraband.
Stoolie:
An informer. Also stool pigeon.
Stool Pigeon:
See stoolie.
Straight John:
See Square John.
Strong Arm:
An offender who enforces the will of others (especially leaders), primarily through physical strength and violence.
Suitcase:
To conceal an object. Usually refers to the anus.
Super Cop:
An over-zealous, to the letter, rule enforcing correctional or living unit officer.
Tricking:
The process of soliciting customers for prostitution.
Weed:
Tobacco, marijuana.
Wimp:
A constant complainer who has "no guts".

 

Rules to Follow During a Crisis


Dress Appropriately

  • Wear comfortable shoes as you could be standing on concrete floors for long periods of time.
  • Wear casual and comfortable clothes.
  • Please avoid provocative styles slogans on T Shirts or neckties

When reporting as an observer you will be required to:

  • Have personal ID
  • Bring snack foods and bottled water with you in case you are needed for extended periods.
  • Cary a watch, pen and notebook.
  • Prior to commencing your work as an observer, you should be briefed by the institution's warden or the office's director.
  • Observations should begin with a notation of the time and place of the observation followed by the description.
  • Note facts, not opinions as much as possible.
  • Be concise and objective.
  • Observers may interact with staff and inmates. Be careful to note the names of those that you gather information from.
  • Comments to the media should be avoided until the entire CAC has met and discussed the message that is to be given.
  • You should feel free to seek out the information that you need to be comprehensive in your observations.

 

Preparing an Agenda and Sample Agenda


Preparing an Agenda

The preparation of an agenda is the first step in planning any meeting. An "active" agenda communicates to participants how to prepare for and participate in an upcoming meeting. The agenda should be prepared in advance of a meeting and should be forwarded to participants for their review and suggestions. The more everyone knows about the goals of the meeting, the more effective the meeting will be.

The agenda should be developed and centered to clearly demonstrate and identify the:

  • Purpose: for what purpose is the meeting being held?
  • Outcome: What do you want the results of the meeting to be?
  • Plan: What needs to happen at the meeting for it to meet its purpose and achieve the expected results
  • Roles: Are the advising, liaison and impartiality roles of CACs reflected in the agenda (e.g. Are programs evaluated for their effectiveness?).
  • Objectives: How does your committee address any local, regional or national objectives? Are they reviewed from time to time?
  • Issues: Is consideration given to the importance of the item, given the Committees priorities, how much time will be needed for discussion, how urgent is the item (that is, whether it can be postponed or is even important).

Helpful hints

  • Try to avoid the trap of doing the easier, less time consuming items first. You may never work on the important ones.
  • Giving participants advance notice of what is expected of them allows them time to plan how they will contribute to the group e.g. preparation requests such as pre-reading, information gathering, proposal writing, or anything you want participants to do to prepare for the meeting.

Sample Agenda

Agenda for
Citizen Advisory Committees Meeting
Date - Time
Location
 
Topic Purpose Time Person Responsible

Welcome Icebreaker 10 minutes Chair
Committee Business Review of past minutes5 minutesChair
 Discusionn on upcoming open house20 minutes
Report from the Parole Office Director or Warden Briefing on recent events 20 minutes Director or Warden
Meeting with an offender looking for work Discuss the community's response to offenders looking for employment 15 minutes Committee
Formulation of recommendations Advisory Function 10 minutes Chair and Committee
Response to last meeting's recommendations Advisory Function 10 minutes Director or Warden

 

Minutes and Sample Minutes

Minutes

Keeping up-to-date written records may be one of the most neglected, as well as one of the most important aspects of the meeting process. When complex issues are addressed, it is especially important to maintain a complete file of activities and assignments. The person who has been assigned to take the minutes must be made aware of the importance you place on accurate and complete information. They can also be used by new members to catch up, or keep current members informed.

Information that should be included:

  • The date and time of the meeting
  • The name of those in attendance
  • Topics discussed
  • Points made during discussions
  • Actions taken or decisions made
  • Tasks to be performed
  • Items and/or actions to be carried over to the next agenda -"future file"
  • Date selected for the next meeting

Upon completion of the draft minutes they should:

  • First be submitted to the designated CSC personnel member for accuracy purposes only (offender names, FPS numbers or information that has be classified as protected should not be included in minutes).
  • Be reviewed and signed off by the CAC Committee Chairperson.
  • That distribution at the local, regional and national level be carried out as quickly as possible following the meeting.

You may also want to ask another person attending to keep a "follow-up" list, showing who has volunteered to take on certain tasks and also noting the date when he/she will complete the task.

Sample Minutes

INSTITUTION OR PAROLE NAME
CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
Date of meeting
Time
Location where the meeting is held
File number if applicable

CAC Members Present:
Wanda
Raymond
Reginald
Lorraine
Miriam
Meghan

Regrets:
William
Fred

CSC Management Present:
Raymond Leger (District Director)
Roger Creary (Parole Officer)

Committee Business - 15 minutes - (CAC committee in camera)

Item #1

Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved as read.

Item #2 Annual Report to the Community

  • The community report was given its first review. After consideration, it was decided to send it off to the Warden's office and to Chantal (the Regional Deputy Commissioner) for their feedback. They were asked to give their feed back prior to our next meeting scheduled for the 25th of June.
  • It was also suggested that the regional office in Montreal be asked to prepare a media plan for the publication of the report.
  • The date for presentation of the Annual Report to the Community to the City Council committee on public safety is scheduled for June 25th. Reginald and Lorraine will be the presenters.

Discussion with Offenders - 20 minutes

Item #1 Offender Comments

Three offenders recently paroled were present for the discussions, having been invited to the meeting by their parole officers. They were asked to give feedback on the challenges they face on the outside. The following points were made:

  • All three were unanimous in their concern with the lack of financial resources on leaving prison. Two of the three relied on family resources to set up their lives while the third was helped by a former employer after a rather frantic search for resources.
  • One suffering from a mental illness discussed his difficulty in finding programs that would follow up on the work he had done in prison. The local mental health service claimed to not have the expertise to serve him.
  • All three were grateful for the help their parole officer had offered but would have liked to see their mandate be more community focussed (out of the office) in terms of developing resources in the community.

Discussion followed with some exploration of each issue by all participants.

Meeting With Management - 20 minutes

Management Presentation

Management presented a summary of a recent survey of parolees who were responding to a questionnaire on community reintegration (attached). Noteworthy was the statistics on number of moves in the first year and the response on employers to inmates. A discussion followed with much attention given to training of inmates in preparing a resume and preparing for an interview.

The director reviewed with us recent statistics on parole revocations and press clippings on justice issues in the local press.

Review of Parolee Concerns

Parolee concerns were addressed each in turn and led to vigorous discussion.

On the issue of financial resources, it was clear to management that the service could not be all things to all people in terms of being both a correctional service and a social welfare system. The role of half way houses and CCC facilities were discussed and the need for other governmental agencies to contribute to the lives of released offenders was also stressed.

On the issue of parole officers being more community focussed, the manager stressed the need to follow the case management process when managing cases. The above being said, the manager was also clear that the CSC is moving towards a more community based practice and he hopes that progress will be made in this area.

On the issue of services for offenders in local mental health facilities, the director admitted that the relationship between his office and the local CLSC had not been nurtured very much of late. This led to considerable discussion as well and to the recommendation cited below.

Director's Request For Advice and Support

The director presented his concerns regarding the local committee of the police associations decision to pass a motion criticizing the correctional service for placing an offender convicted of killing a police officer in a local half way house. This has led the local press to focus more negative attention on the service.

The committee discussed this at some length in terms of the need to communicate information on the positive effect of early release on recidivism and on the service's high rate of success in identifying those offenders ready for release. Miriam, the committee's press contact person, said she would make herself available for interviews should the press call the office. She and the director will talk after the meeting to discuss the issue further.

Committee Recommendations (to management)

After some discussion, the committee advanced the following recommendation:

It was formally recommended that the district director contact the local mental health clinic to look at the referral process for services for offenders suffering from a mental illness and the available clinical resources for serving this client population. The objective was to improve services for parolees that were finishing their involvement with the Correctional Service of Canada but that still needed clinical help. He was asked to give the CAC committee feed back on his discussions.

Meeting Adjourned until June 25, 2001

Approved by
CAC Chairperson

 

CAC Self Evaluation


Self-evaluation exercises are an excellent method for taking stock, appreciating the work accomplished and setting new priorities. Some general evaluation questions that may be useful would include:

  • Did we do what we set out to do this year?
  • What were the obstacles we encountered and how did we deal with them?
  • What worked well and what were the actions that led to our success?
  • Has management presented us with requests for advice?
  • Have we had an impact on the system?
  • Are we respected by all parties as impartial advice givers?
  • How could we improve on our work?
  • What can we do that is really different and new in the coming year?

In addition to helping committees become more aware of how well they have done, evaluations can also be an important team building tool. It is a good idea, for example, to invite members of management, staff representatives and representatives of the offender population to be participants in this evaluation process. This allows committees to gain a real sense of how they are perceived and the exercise can help educate the participants regarding the CAC's goals and objectives.

Following are a number of forms that may prove useful as the committee undertakes its self- evaluation. It is good practice for committees to envisage carrying out a self-evaluation every year or so.