Commissioner's Directive

Ethnocultural Offenders: Services and Interventions

PURPOSE

  • To ensure the specific needs and cultural interests of ethnocultural offenders are identified and met through the provision of effective services and interventions that will contribute to successful reintegration and enhanced public safety

APPLICATION

Applies to all staff working with ethnocultural offenders. It should be noted that services and interventions for Aboriginal offenders are elaborated in CD 702 – Aboriginal Offenders rather than in this policy

RESPONSIBILITIES AND PROCEDURES

  1. The Assistant Commissioner, Correctional Operations and Programs, will ensure:
    1. correctional programs, services and interventions are provided to meet the identified needs of ethnocultural offenders
    2. that offender assessment processes take into account ethnocultural differences
  2. The Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, will:
    1. ensure the National Ethnocultural Advisory Committee (NEAC) is in place
    2. provide logistical support to the NEAC meetings as outlined in the Terms of Reference
  3. The National Manager, Ethnocultural Services Section, will:
    1. ensure that a process is in place to identify the needs and cultural interests of ethnocultural offenders
    2. develop and monitor programs, services and interventions to meet the cultural needs of ethnocultural offenders
    3. promote a better understanding of effective cultural interventions when working with a diverse ethnocultural population
    4. build and maintain partnerships and networks with communities and organizations that will help respond to the needs of ethnocultural offenders and assist in their safe reintegration
    5. provide support, advice and guidance to the regions on ethnocultural issues
  4. The Regional Deputy Commissioner:
    1. will foster the recognition of, and appreciation for, the diverse cultures within the offender population and promote an environment free of racial profiling, harassment and stereotyping
    2. will ensure a Regional Ethnocultural Advisory Committee (REAC) is in place
    3. or a delegate, will chair the REAC
    4. will promote the engagement of ethnocultural communities in the release planning and reintegration process of offenders being released to these communities
  5. The Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Institutional Operations, will:
    1. provide vision, advice and guidance on ethnocultural services and interventions
    2. be accountable for implementing the REAC Strategic Plan
    3. inform the Regional Deputy Commissioner of the REAC’s recommendations resulting from institution and offender concerns
  6. The Regional Manager, Ethnocultural Services Section, will:
    1. consult with the REAC and provide assistance to Regional Managers and to staff in institutions and in the community
    2. engage community organizations and build partnerships with ethnocultural communities
    3. inform the Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Institutional Operations, of the REAC’s recommendations resulting from institution and offender concerns
  7. The Institutional Head will:
    1. ensure programs, services and interventions respect ethnic, cultural, spiritual and linguistic differences and are responsive to the reintegration needs of ethnocultural offenders
    2. foster an environment where ethnocultural services, activities and interventions can take place
    3. allow offenders to form multicultural associations that will meet cultural needs and interests
    4. ensure the assistance of an interpreter is provided to offenders who do not speak either of the official languages, pursuant to subsection 27(4) of the CCRA, for any hearing or for the purposes of understanding materials provided to the offender
  8. The District Director will:
    1. ensure programs, services and interventions respect ethnic, cultural, spiritual and linguistic differences and are responsive to the reintegration needs of ethnocultural offenders
    2. ensure that the ethnocultural offenders residing in Community Correctional Centres or Community-Based Residential Facilities have reasonable access to ethnocultural resources in the community
    3. promote cultural expression, relationships with ethnocultural communities, volunteer participation and the establishment of community forums
    4. ensure interpretation services are provided to offenders who do not speak either of the official languages, pursuant to subsection 27(4) of the CCRA, for any hearing or for the purposes of understanding materials provided to the offender
  9. The Program Manager will:
    1. work in collaboration with ethnocultural offenders to develop activities and services to meet their needs and contribute to their successful reintegration
    2. incorporate cultural practices in social activities, interventions and services offered to offenders
  10. All information obtained through voluntary disclosure pertaining to language, culture, race/ethnicity, need for interpretation services and requests for services or interventions related to the specific needs of ethnocultural offenders will be recorded in the Offender Management System.
  11. All staff will report any behaviour that is disrespectful or discriminatory as outlined in the CSC Guiding Principles on the Prevention and Resolution of Harassment in the Workplace.

ETHNOCULTURAL ADVISORY BODIES

  1. The NEAC provides advice to the Commissioner on:
    1. the delivery of programs and services that contribute to the reintegration of ethnocultural offenders and enhance public safety
    2. the promotion of engagement and communication with ethnocultural communities and other appropriate organizations with expert knowledge to support CSC in addressing the increasingly diverse offender population
    3. CSC’s efforts to obtain a workforce representative of the diverse ethnocultural population
  2. The REAC:
    1. advises the Regional Deputy Commissioner on the development, implementation, delivery, management and analysis of programs, services and interventions designed to meet the needs of ethnocultural offenders
    2. shares its expertise and helps identify the needs and cultural interests of ethnocultural offenders
    3. builds and maintains partnerships and networks within ethnocultural communities and with service agencies to assist in the safe reintegration of ethnocultural offenders
    4. assists CSC in raising awareness and/or providing training on issues relating to multiculturalism, including but not limited to employment equity and discrimination in the workplace
    5. liaises with staff and offenders in order to promote multiculturalism
  3. The NEAC and REAC will meet as often as outlined in the Terms of Reference and will provide highlights of their activities and results.

Committee Composition

  1. The NEAC is composed of the Chair and Vice-Chair of each REAC and is chaired by the Commissioner.
  2. The REAC is composed of volunteers and members of ethnocultural communities within that region and is chaired by the Regional Deputy Commissioner or his/her delegate.
  3. The nomination process for the REAC membership is outlined in the Terms of Reference.

ENQUIRIES

  1. Strategic Policy Division
    National Headquarters
    Email: Gen-NHQPolicy-Politi@csc-scc.gc.ca

    Commissioner,

Original Signed by:

Don Head

ANNEX A

CROSS-REFERENCES AND DEFINITION

CROSS-REFERENCES

CD 060 – Code of Discipline
CD 566-12 – Personal Property of Offenders
CD 702 – Aboriginal Offenders
CD 712-3 – Parole Board of Canada Reviews
CD 726 – Correctional Programs
CD 730 – Inmate Program Assignment and Payments
CD 880 – Food Services
SOP 087 – Official Languages (rights to an interpreter)
SOP 880-1 – Food Services – Central Feeding
SOP 880-2 – Food Services – Small Group Meal Preparation

CSC Guiding Principles on the Prevention and Resolution of Harassment in the Workplace
Manual on Religious and Spiritual Accommodation
Religious Diet Requirements Guide
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Policy on Harassment Prevention and Resolution
Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector

DEFINITION

Ethnocultural offender: any offender who has specific needs based on race, language or culture and who has a desire to preserve his/her cultural identity and practices.

For more information

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