In 1990, a report called Creating Choices*, established a new correctional philosophy for women offenders. It encouraged a holistic approach to dealing with their specific needs. Creating Choices was founded on the principles of empowerment, meaningful and responsible choices, respect and dignity, supportive environments, and shared responsibility.
These principles have served as the driving force behind a number of advances in federal corrections for women offenders:
- The closure of the Prison for Women
- The construction of five new regional facilities and an Aboriginal healing lodge
- The development of women-centered programs
- The establishment of a community strategy to expand and strengthen programs and services for women under supervision in the community.
(*The Task Force Report on Federally Sentenced Women)
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