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Inmate Survey Responses Nova, Canada

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WOMEN’S ESTABLISHMENTS

(Missing data has been excluded for each question). Some questions could not be compared to the UK sample as they are not asked in the UK questionnaire, these questions are marked //.)

NOVA
Women’s Institution Benchmark U.K.
  Number of completed questionnaires returned
53
905
  SECTION 1: GENERAL INFORMATION (There were no tests run on the general information section)
2 Are you under 21 years of age?
7
47
3 Is your sentence more than four years?
22
21
4 Do you have less than six months to serve?
34
36
5 Have you been in this institution less than a month?
4
27
6 Are you a foreign national?
9
14
7 Is English your first language?
91
92
8 Are you from a minority ethnic group other than White British, White Irish, White Other or Caucasian?
28
25
9 Have you been in an institution (either provincial or federal) more than five times?
26
20
10 Do you have any children?
74
60
11 If you do have children, do you have more than five children?
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//
  SECTION 2: RECEPTION, FIRST NIGHT AND ORIENTATION
12 Did you have any problems when you first arrived?
84
80
13 Did you receive any help/support from any member of staff in dealing with these problems within the first 24 hours?
29
37
14a Please answer the following question about your admission: were you seen by a member of healthcare staff?
81
89
14b Please answer the following question about your admission: when you were searched, was this carried out in a sensitive and understanding way?
66
73
15 Were you treated well/very well on admission?
56
67
16a Did you receive information about what was going to happen here on your day of arrival?
47
39
16b Did you receive information about support for feeling depressed or suicidal on your day of arrival?
35
41
16c Did you have the opportunity to have a shower on your day of arrival?
66
38
16d Did you get the opportunity to have a free telephone call on your day of arrival?
67
49
16e Did you get information about routine requests on your day of arrival?
38
26
16f Did you get something to eat on your day of arrival?
63
80
16g Did you get information about visits on your day of arrival?
22
34
17a Did you have access to the chaplain/elder within the first 24 hours of you arriving at this institution?
16
46
17b Did you have access to someone from healthcare within the first 24 hours?
82
72
17c Did you have access to a Listener/Samaritans/Peer Support within the first 24 hours of you arriving at this institution?
9
31
17d Did you have access to the institution’s shop/canteen within the first 24 hours?
84
17
17e Did you have access to a Psychologist on arival?
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18 Did you feel safe on your first night here?
70
71
19 Did you go on orientation within the first week?
30
67
20 Did orientation cover everything you needed to know about the prison?
25
50
  SECTION 3: LEGAL RIGHTS AND RESPECTFUL CUSTODY
22a Can you get access to legal reference books?
53
41
22b Can you get access to communication with your lawyer or legal representative?
56
65
22c Can you get access to information about lappealing your sentence/conviction?
46
40
22d Can you get access to legal visits?
51
69
22e Can you get access to help with legal costs?
24
45
23a Please answer the following question about where you are currently housed: are you normally offered enough clean, suitable clothes for the week?
77
61
23b Please answer the following question about where you are currently housed: are you normally able to have a shower every day?
100
85
23c Please answer the following question about where you are currently housed: do you normally receive clean sheets every week?
83
85
23d Please answer the following question about the wing/unit you are currently on: do you normally get cell cleaning materials every week?
86
79
23e Please answer the following question about where you are currently housed: is your emergency button normally answered within five minutes?
51
41
23f Please answer the following question about where you are currently housed: is it normally quiet enough for you to be able to relax or sleep at night time?
73
61
23g Please answer the following question about the wing/unit you are currently on: can you normally get your stored property, if you need to?
32
32
23g Can you get free sanitary products when you need them?
89
91
24 Have staff ever opened letters from your lawyer or legal representative when you were not with them?
34
40
25 Is the food in this institution good/very good?
67
34
26 Does the shop/canteen sell a wide enough range of goods to meet your needs?
47
40
27a Is it easy/very easy to get a complaints form?
93
82
27b Is it easy/very easy to get an application/request form?
96
87
28a Do you feel applications/requests are sorted out fairly?
47
50
28b Do you feel complaints are sorted out fairly?
21
27
28c Do you feel applications/requests are sorted out promptly?
45
47
28d Do you feel complaints are sorted out promptly?
21
24
28e Are you given information about how to make an appeal/file a grievance?
59
30
29 Have you ever been made to or encouraged to withdraw a complaint since you have been in this institution?
29
12
30 Do you know how to contact the Prison and Probation Ombudsman/Correctional Investigator’s Office?
75
33
31 Is it easy/very easy to contact the Independent Monitoring Board (BOV)/Inmates Affairs?
6
37
32a In the last six months have any members of staff physically restrained you (C & R)?
11
7
32b In the last six months have you spent a night in the segregation unit?
28
11
33a If you have been physically restrained, did this involve handcuffs?
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33b If you have been physically restrained, did this involve the Emergency Response Team?
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34a Do you feel your religious beliefs are respected?
63
60
34b Are you able to speak to a religious leader of your faith in private if you want to?
74
63
35 Are you able to speak to a Listener/member of the peer support team at any time, if you want to?
28
73
36a Do you have a member of staff, in this prison, that you can turn to for help if you have a problem?
77
77
36b Do most staff, in this prison, treat you with respect?
73
74
  SECTION 4: SAFETY
38 Have you ever felt unsafe in this institution?
49
32
40 Have you been victimised (insulted or assaulted) by another inmate?
49
24
41a Have you had insulting remarks made about you, your family or friends since you have been here? (By inmates)
30
14
41b Have you been hit, kicked or assaulted since you have been here? (By inmates)
21
5
41c Have you been sexually abused since you have been here? (By inmates)
4
1
41d Have you been victimised because of your race or ethnic origin since you have been here? (By inmates)
14
4
41e Have you been victimised because of drugs since you have been here? (By inmates)
7
4
41f Have you ever had your canteen/property taken since you have been here? (By inmates)
14
6
41g Have you ever been victimised because you were new here? (By inmates)
23
6
41h Have you ever been victimised because you were from a different part of the country than others since you have been here? (by inmates)
7
3
42 Have you been victimised (insulted or assaulted) by a member of staff?
33
18
43a Have you had insulting remarks made about you, your family or friends since you have been here? (By staff)
26
10
43b Have you been hit, kicked or assaulted since you have been here? (By staff)
7
2
43c Have you been sexually abused since you have been here? (By staff)
5
1
43d Have you been victimised because of your race or ethnic origin since you have been here? (By staff)
17
2
43e Have you been victimised because of drugs since you have been here? (By staff)
9
3
43f Have you ever been victimised because you were new here? (By staff)
4
3
43g Have you ever been victimised because you were from a different part of the country than others since you have been here? (By staff)
4
1
44 Did you report any victimisation that you have experienced?
32
14
  SECTION 5: HEALTHCARE
46 Do you think the overall quality of the healthcare is good/very good?
51
37
47a Do you think the quality of healthcare from the doctor is good/very good?
55
41
47b Do you think the quality of healthcare from the nurse is good/very good?
62
56
49c Do you think the quality of healthcare from the dentist is good/very good?
16
26
49d Do you think the quality of healthcare from the optician is good/very good?
35
16
48 Is it easy/very easy to get illegal drugs in this prison?
23
20
49a Do you think you will have a problem with drugs when you leave this prison?
18
22
49b Do you think you will have a problem with alcohol when you leave this prison?
4
13
  SECTION 6: PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITY
51a Do you feel your job will help you on release?
60
34
51b Do you feel your vocational or skills training will help you on release?
62
34
51c Do you feel your education (including basic skills) will help you on release?
59
47
51d Do you feel your offending behaviour programmes/correctional programs (except substance abuse) will help you on release?
67
26
51e Do you feel your drug or alcohol programmes/substance abuse programs will help you on release?
69
31
52 Do you go to the library/resource centre at least once a week?
46
44
53 Can you get access to a newspaper every day?
54
46
54 On average, do you go to the gym at least twice a week?
54
25
55 On average, do you go outside for exercise three or more times a week?
66
41
56 On average, do you spend ten or more hours out of your room/cell on a weekday? (This includes hours at education, at work etc)
38
22
57 On average, do you spend ten or more hours out of your room/cell on a weekend day?(This includes hours at education, at work etc)
29
21
58 On average, do you go on association/have leisure time more than five times each week?
33
48
59 Do staff normally speak to you at least most of the time during association/unstructured time? (most/all of the time)
23
30
  SECTION 7: REINTEGRATION
61 Did you first meet your personal officer/Primary Worker in the first week?
46
25
62 Do you think your personal officer/Primary Officer is helpful/very helpful?
63
37
63 Do you have a custody/sentence/Correctional plan?
78
36
64 Were you involved/very involved in the development of your sentence/Correctional plan?
53
26
65 Have you had any problems with sending or receiving mail?
53
33
66 Have you had any problems getting access to the telephones?
26
27
67 Did you have a visit in the first week that you were here?
2
34
68 Does this institution give you the opportunity to have the visits you are entitled to? (e.g. number and length of visit)
56
71
69a Do you know who to contact, within this instituion, to get help with finding a job on release?
35
47
69b Do you know who to contact, within this institution, to get help with finding accommodation on release?
43
57
69c Do you know who to contact, within this institution, to get help with your finances in preparation for release?
39
43
69d Do you know who to contact, within this institution, to get help with claiming benefits or welfare/social assistance on release?
46
53
69e Do you know who to contact, within this institution, to get help with arranging a place at college/continuing education on release?
34
42
69f Do you know who to contact within this institution to get help with external drugs or alcohol agencies?
49
53
69g Do you know who to contact, within this institution, to get help with continuity of healthcare on release?
47
44
70 Have you done anything, or has anything happened to you here that you think will make you less likely to offend in the future?
70
43