Community Corrections

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Community correctional centres are designated as minimum-security institutions and house offenders who are primarily on statutory release with residency conditions or on long-term supervision orders with residency conditions. The facility director, parole officers and support staff work, often in co-operation with community partners, to supervise and provide programs for offenders and prepare them for full parole.

The Correctional Service of Canada is dedicated to protecting society by monitoring and supervising offenders and by helping them change the attitudes and behaviours that led them into criminal activity. The first steps toward change are taken in the prison setting. Prison programs help to prepare an offender for eventual release by promoting law-abiding lifestyles and behaviours. But if the change is to last, it must continue in the community, where almost all offenders eventually return.

The transition from incarceration to freedom can be difficult; offenders have a better chance of success if they receive supervision, opportunities, training and support within the community.

Most offenders are eligible for release at some point before the end of their sentences, either through temporary absences, conditional release (full and day parole), or statutory release. The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) has the authority to grant, deny and revoke parole. CSC works closely with the PBC on many fronts, from providing thorough assessments on offenders eligible for release, to managing temporary absences and statutory releases.