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The Cross Gender Monitoring Project
3rd and Final Annual Report


Thérèse Lajeunesse & Associates Ltd is pleased to present this Third Annual Report of The Cross Gender Monitoring Project. We have now completed our third and final year and this report presents our final recommendations.

Briefly, the objectives of the Cross Gender Monitoring Project are:

    To assess the systemic impact of cross gender staffing, especially on inmates and staff, in Federally Sentenced Women's facilities across the country;

    To identify operational and policy issues; and

    To forward appropriate recommendations to the Deputy Commissioner for Women, Correctional Service Canada (CSC).

The Cross Gender Monitoring Project was established to implement a key recommendation from the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women in Kingston (1996), known as the Arbour Report.

This report outlines the methodology that was used to elicit information from a wide cross section of respondents, including inmates and CSC staff. Also National Stakeholders were consulted and asked to provide written submissions. Based on this information, the Monitoring Team advances recommendations on a wide range of matters pertaining to the objectives of the Monitoring Project.

Again, as in our First and Second Annual Reports, we thank all respondents who spoke freely with us about issues that are, at times, controversial and deeply personal.

Section 2 of this report provides background information describing events that led to the creation of the Cross Gender Monitoring Project and the following Section presents our overall approach to gathering information. Section 4 advances key findings from our interviews with Federally Sentenced Women, CSC staff and outsiders, and a review of policy and statistical documents. as well as summarizing submissions from National Stakeholders and describing the legal context that surrounds cross gender issues. Section 5 presents an analysis of issues based on findings and advances final recommendations.