General Crime Prevention Programs

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) offers two general crime prevention programs:

These programs aim to help offenders to be successful as they reintegrate into the community. This means they are less likely to reoffend.

Alternatives, Associates and Attitudes Program

The Alternatives, Associates and Attitudes Program targets men who have a pattern of offences that are not related to substance abuse. These can include property, fraud or drug offences. The program includes 26 group sessions and up to 2 individual sessions. Each group session is 2 to 2.5 hours long. The individual sessions are 1 hour long.

The program helps offenders set goals and solve problems. They learn the skills they need to manage themselves, their emotions and their attitudes. The program also addresses the importance of positive relationships and self-management.

Basic Healing Program

The Basic Healing Program is a moderate intensity program. It targets Aboriginal men offenders. The program involves Aboriginal Elders and consists of 26 group sessions. These sessions vary in length. They cover:

  • problem-solving
  • aggression and emotions management
  • goal setting
  • interpersonal skills
  • communication skills

The Basic Healing Program is designed to introduce and reinforce Aboriginal culture and values. It includes exercises to help offenders set goals and develop positive social attitudes and beliefs. This can motivate them to follow their correctional plans. It also allows the men to develop healing and self-management plans.