An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act

An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act came into force on November 30, 2019, and changes to operations and policies at CSC have taken effect.

The Correctional Service of Canada has begun a transformative era in Canadian federal corrections with the implementation of structured intervention units (SIUs) as the new correctional model guiding our work when an inmate cannot be safely managed within a mainstream inmate population. This new model makes important reforms that provide more structured and effective interventions to inmates that will address their specific needs and risks, with the goal of facilitating their reintegration into a mainstream inmate population as soon as possible.

Inmates in an SIU will be afforded an opportunity to spend a minimum of four hours a day outside their cell, including two hours a day of meaningful interaction with others. In addition, the model better supports their health and mental health needs and enshrines in law the consideration of systemic and background factors that affect Indigenous peoples. The reforms also support patient advocacy, professional autonomy and clinical independence. In the spirit of transparency and accountability, the new model will be subject to independent external oversight.

Related Links:

Corrections and Conditional Release Act

Policy:

CD 711: Structured Intervention Units

GL 711-1: Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) Transfer Procedures - SIU Sites

GL 711-2: Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) Transfer Procedures - Non-SIU Sites

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