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FEDERALLY SENTENCED ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN MAXIMUM SECURITY: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PROMISES OF "CREATING CHOICES"?

Appendix III

QUESTIONAIRE: ABORIGINAL WOMEN

 

Section B

  1. Why do you feel that you are a female offender? (Code: all reasons for example there may be situational, physical, emotional, and societal reasons among others..)
  2. Why do you think you have been classified as maximum security?
  3. How do you think CSC can help you with the reasons you are classified maximum security?
  4. What things can you do to help yourself? How have you tried to help yourself reduce your security level?

 

Section C

  1. What criteria do you think should be used to classify women as maximum security?
  2. How often do you think these criteria should be reviewed?
  3. What things do you think should be included in the intake assessment to determine risk and need levels?

 

Section D

Interviewer Instructions: During the next set of questions, provide positive feedback when the women attempt to identify their risk and need factors. Ask the women about the seven levels of need that are included in the intake assessment. Explain what is meant by a risk and need factor if they do not know.

  1. When you are in the community what things increase your risk level for committing new offences?
  2. What things can CSC do to prevent you from committing a new offence?
  3. What types of things do you do or will do when you are released to help you stay in the community?
  4. What things, such as programs, have helped or would help you reduce your security level?

 

Section E

Note: Code this section into need categories, such as physical, emotional situational, societal etc.. Ask the woman about all the need factors in the intake assessment manual. Explain what is meant by a need factor if they do not know.

  1. What needs do you have that if they were addressed would help reduce your security level from maximum to medium?
  2. How can CSC help you with the needs that you have in order to reduce your security level?
  3. How do you think you can help yourself address your need factors?

 

Section F

  1. Whose responsibility is it to try to reduce the security levels of maximum women: CSC's, the individual women's or both? (Why?)
  2. Have there been times when you have taken steps to reduce your security level and felt that you were not being supported? Explain. Code what actions are seen as hindering them or not supportive in reducing their security levels.
  3. In general, what do you feel is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of reducing your security level?

 

Section G

Interviewer Instructions: Have a list of programs that are available to the women so that you can get feedback on their use in reducing security levels. Be familiar with the procedures and policies surrounding security level reduction so that you can discuss them with the women.

  1. What things does CSC have in place already, that you like, that helps you reduce your security level? Why?
  2. What things does CSC already have in place to help reduce your security level, that you do not like? Why?

 

Section H

  1. Are there things about the staff that you feel help you to reduce your security level? Ask for suggestions on characteristics of staff that are beneficial in helping the women reduce their security levels (i.e. consistency).
  2. Do you have any suggestions on how programs can be delivered that will help the most in reducing security levels?

 

Section I

  1. How could the set up of the facility be changed to help you reduce your security level?
  2. In what type of facility would you like to serve your sentence as a maximum security women?
  3. Do the other women help or support you in your efforts to reduce your security level?

 

Section J

  1. Has there been anyone in your life that has been positive influence for you or acted as a mentor when you were trying to get your life on track? What were their characteristics and how did they help you? Interviewer's Instructions: Ask the woman if she has any questions or anything she wants to add before the interview is finished. Thank her for her co-operation, indicating her input is valuable. Provide a debriefing and mention again, what you will be doing with the information you have collected.