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Women Offender Programs and Issues

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Foreign Nationals: Needs Identification - Meeting with Foreign National Federally Sentenced Women

Action Taken

Since there is little written information about the specific needs of this population, it was necessary to use other methods to gather the information. Therefore, individual informal meetings were held with two members of the Working Group on Foreign National Offenders. This is an interdepartmental group whose primary responsibility is the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between Citizenship and Immigration Canada and CSC on the sharing of information between the two departments.

In addition, a group interview was conducted with foreign nationals incarcerated at the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario. This group interview was conducted on September 13, 1994. A general invitation to participate was given to all women considered foreign nationals. Of the 23 women presently residing at the Prison for Women, 10 women attended. The interview was not designed to generate specific statistical information, but rather to bring to light some of issues and concerns as voiced by the women themselves.