Technical Assistance Projects
Canada and Algeria have been working closely since 2003 to achieve the objectives of a penitentiary reform initiative developed from a needs assessment conducted by CSC experts in February of 2003. Since that time, CSC has hosted a number of Algerian correctional delegations on research studies. In 2004/05, a series of extended study visits were conducted by senior Algerian correctional officials to Canadian facilities.
In 2004, CSC provided training in the areas of Sex offender Programs. Additionally, CSC is providing training and support on the National Violence Prevention Program and the Violence Maintenance Programs.
In 2002, CSC experts conducted a correctional needs assessment to identify areas of reform and development for both Barbados and Saint Lucia.
Benin and CSC began working closely in 1999 when CSC conducted a needs assessment of the Beninois correctional system. The visit was returned when CSC had the privilege of hosting a Beninois study tour in 2000. In 2001, a CSC correctional expert participated in a six month deployment to Benin to provide technical assistance and develop a strategic plan for correctional improvement.
CSC has been working in collaboration with Bermuda since the early 1990s. CSC received a high level delegation from Bermuda in 2005, and an assessment visit was completed by a CSC expert in Bermuda in 2006.
Central Europe: Czech Republic / Slovak Republic / Republic of Hungary
Under this project, the International Cooperation Group of Justice Canada, in collaboration with CSC, provided assistance on a number of matters, including criminal justice reform, juvenile justice, legal aid, alternatives to imprisonment, restorative justice and community bridging. This project successfully ended in June, 2004.
Since 2001, CSC, in partnership with the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR), has hosted a number of Chinese correctional delegations. In addition, CSC participated in a Canadian delegation to China in 2004 and 2006 to develop a framework for future cooperation towards reforming the Chinese correctional system to international standards.
Since 2004, CSC has provided training in Denmark for the Violence Prevention Program. In 2006, a delegation to Denmark reviewed the program.
England and Wales
CSC and Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS) have a long history of sharing information, research and best practices as well as frequent exchanges of delegations for study tours. This is a productive and ongoing partnership.
Since 2001, CSC and the Hong Kong Correctional Service Department (CSD) have worked closely to exchange information and best practices and engage in cooperative research. Canada has hosted numerous delegations of Hong Kong correctional officials and psychologists on study tours and assignments, internships at our Addictions Research Centre in P.E.I., and to take crises management courses at the CSC Correctional Management Learning Centre. In 2002, CSC sent a staff member to Hong Kong for a deployment geared to the development of an offender intake evaluation process. Cooperation between CSC and CSD is ongoing.
CSC's project history with Jamaica began in 2002 with a series of visits of Jamaican correctional practitioners. This led to a needs assessment conducted by CSC on a number of different areas of the Jamaican correctional system, including: staff development, rehabilitation programs, conditional release, prison overcrowding, and others.
Since 1999, CSC has hosted a number of delegations from Japan interested in learning more about CSC's sex offender programming, risk/needs assessment, correctional research and programming in general. In 2005, and then again in 2006, CSC sent an expert on a short visit to Japan to share our knowledge on sex-offender treatment and programs. Following this, CSC welcomed the Japan Broadcasting Corporation at Millhaven and Warkworth Institutions, who filmed a documentary on our sex-offender programs. In January 2006, CSC hosted a Japanese Parole Officer for a ten-week assignment in the Research Branch.
From 1999 to 2002, CSC played an active role in assisting Lithuania to achieve the human rights standards and rules for prisoners and other governmental structures required to become a member of the European Union (EU). Engaging the activities of local Lithuanian and Canadian Non-governmental Organizations (NGO's), as well as the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services and the Federal Department of Justice, CSC provided expertise and technical assistance in the reformation of the Lithuanian correctional service. The resounding success of this initiative can be seen in Lithuania's recent acceptance as an active member into both the EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
CSC and Namibia have collaborated on a number of projects to help build and improve the Namibian Prison Service (NPS), including large projects to develop NPS policy, Commissioner's directives, case management manuals and offender management information systems. A deployment of CSC experts from January to March of 2005 to deliver training to NPS staff was the latest in a continuing exchange of technical assistance and best practice initiatives between CSC and NPS.
In 2001, Canada hosted a six-month visit by the Chief Financial Officer of the New Zealand Department of Corrections, and in 2004, CSC sent a corrections expert to New Zealand for a six-week technical assistance project to review the design of various facilities and offer expertise for improvement. CSC continues to build on its long history of cooperation with the NZ Department of Corrections.
Norway utilizes CSC's substance abuse programs. A delegation from Norway will attend a training session in June 2007 to learn new CSC programs.
CSC and senior correctional officials from Saint Lucia have exchanged visits since 2002 to gauge potential correctional cooperation. In 2002, CSC experts conducted a correctional needs assessment to identify areas of reform and development for both the Barbados and Saint Lucia.
In the fall of 2002, CSC hosted a delegation from Saudi Arabia interested in our staff training programs. In the summer of 2005, and the fall of 2006, two groups of Saudi correctional practitioners visited the Correctional Management Learning Centre for four-week training programs. The training sessions were successful and relations between CSC and Saudi Arabia are ongoing.
CSC collaborated with Scotland for training on the Violence Prevention Program.
Since 2000, CSC has assisted the Swedish Probation and Prison Administration in the implementation and staff training for the "Offender Substance Abuse Pre-release Program" (OSAPP). This is an ongoing project.
CSC is an active member of the "Project to Strengthen Capacities to Improve Human Rights Standards in Tanzania" run by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Canada hosted a study tour of high-level Tanzanian correctional practitioners in 2003, and in July 2005, two CSC experts went to Tanzania for a two month deployment funded by Tanzania and the UNDP. The purpose of this assignment was to assist in the implementation of a Management Information System to enable Tanzanian correctional staff to improve communications and information sharing capacity.
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