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Women Offender Programs and Issues

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The Cross Gender Monitoring Project
3rd and Final Annual Report

iii) Employment Issues

In our Second Annual Report, we reported that a review of the classification of Primary Workers was underway. The rationale for the review was that many male and female Primary Workers consider the duties to be different from the CX classification they fall under. They view their functions to be a hybrid between a Correctional Officer II and a Parole Officer as PWs do standard security functions, but they also counsel, prepare parole plans and submissions, and generally conduct case management

This review has been completed and it has been decided that PWs will remain in the CX classification.

Another related employment issue is that some female Primary Workers have expressed frustration with being obligated to perform more duties than their male counterparts. As previously mentioned, male Primary Workers, for their part, are feeling "undervalued" due to the restrictions on their work.