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Recommendations Of The Coroner's Inquest Into The Death Of Robert Gentles

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43. It is recommended that CSC, with cooperation from the USGE, investigate the possibility of rotating staff among institutions on a regular basis in order to have a turnover of the majority of staff at Kingston Penitentiary.

CSC'S RESPONSE:

CSC does not support the mandatory rotation of staff among institutions on a regular basis. We believe that it is preferable to make such rotations, or transfer of staff, voluntary or upon specific request of the staff member concerned. CSC recognizes the difficult challenges and stresses that working in a maximum-security institution presents and to that end we will promote a fluid and flexible staff rotation wherever possible.

To implement a mandatory program of staff rotation would entail additional costs due to relocation of staff as well as create disruption to the family lives of these same staff members. While such a program could be practical in the Kingston area owing to the proximity of a number of correctional institutions, it is considered impractical in other regions where the geographical separation of institutions is much greater.

Regardless of the above, it should be noted that there is a regular turnover of staff at the institution through the normal attrition process. In addition, the Ontario Region has made a submission which would result in a changing role for Kingston Penitentiary. This initiative involves making Millhaven Institution the only maximum-security institution within the Ontario Region and having Kingston Penitentiary accommodate reception inmates, temporary detainees as well as approximately 100 medium security offenders. Such a restructuring will necessitate a realignment of staff resources.

Finalization of this initiative is scheduled for 2002-2003. A Commissioning Officer has been appointed to direct this restructuring and ongoing consultation with the Union will occur in the development of operational plans.