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Correctional Servipe of Canada: Q and A on Infrastructure Renewal, Dec. 7, 2010

Correctional Servipe of Canada: Q and A on Infrastructure Renewal, Dec. 7, 2010

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December
7,
2010
INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWALFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSISSUE:The Correctional Servipe
of
Canada (CSC) is
i m p l e m ~ n t i n g
 
an ambitiousaccommodation stn;ltegy to
addrE!..ss
increases to the offender population
e ~ p e c t e d
 
to
result from the implementation
of
Bill
C-25 (the
Truth in Sentencing
Act),
BiLLC=2-(thUackling-\lioJem-crim9-AGt}-aflG-Aetmal-e-ffeflder--peptt!atioft-ngrowth.
BACKGROUND:
Introduced
in
the
Houseof
Commons on March 27, 2009,
Bill
C-25 -the
Truth inSfjntensing
Act
received Royal Assent on October 22, 2009 and came into forceon F'ebruary22.2010.
Under
the Act, offenders can receive a maximum of1-to-1 credit
for
each dayspent in custody prior to ·sentencing. Only under special circumstances and withjustification, can the courts. give an. offender 1.5-day credit
for
each day spent incustody prior
to
sentencing.The
Tackling Violent Crime Act,
which received Royal Assent on Febl1Jary28,2008
f
'includes among other measures mandatory minimum sentencesforserious gun crimes.
\,
.In response to this legislation, CSC expects to accommodate an increasednumber
of
offenders through double-bunking.
CSC
also
plans
to provide new permanent accommodation within existinginstitutions and ·expand its rehabilitation programs to support the offenders.
Q1: What
impact
will
the
government's tough
~ n
 
crime
agenda have on
esc
operations?
As
a
r ~ s u l t
 
ofthe
Truth in Sentencing
Act
(Bill
C-25), the
Tackling Violent Crime
Act
(BiU
C-2) and nonnaloffender population growth,
esc
predicts that theinmate population wiil increase by approximately 4,500 inmates by 2014.
Q2:
What
measures.
isCSC
taking
to
prepare
for
the expected increase inoffenders?
To
address new accOmmodation requirements, CSC has developed a multifaceted approach that includes the folloWing:
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• Extending and increasing temporary accommodation measures such as
d o u b l e ~ b u n k i n g
 
and ensuring full use
of
all available beds;• Constructing new living units
in
many
ofCSC's
existing men's institutionsand each
of
its women's institutions, resulting
in
approximately 2,700 newaccommodation spaces; and,
•
c ~ : C
 
will concurrently expand its delivery
of
correctional and rehabilitationprograms, victim services and effective supervision in the community.
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As implementation
of
these measures gets underway,
esc
will also develop along-term accommodation plan that will reflect these emerging accommodationrequirements and
provide
an inmate population forecast to year 2018. This longterm plan will look
at
options to address
someof
the aging penitentiaryinfrastructures across Canada.
Q3: Y6u've outlined plans
to construct
an additional 2,700 b$ds
but
areanticipating the inmate population
will
increase
by
more than 4,500 by2014. Will you build new penitentiaries
to
make
up
the shortfall?
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has consistently stated that
our
planincludesthe construction of new spaces within existing
CSC
facilities.The funds allotted provide
for
increased costs associated with double bunkingand for building new units. This is just two strategies
esc
is using toaccommodate the expected increase to the offender population.Moving forward,
esc
is developing a long-term accommodation strategy basedon offender population forecasts to 2018 that will take into account theinfrastructure needs
of
older penitentia-ries that no longer
meetthe
physical 'standards
of
a modern correctional system. This strategy will 'also ensureappropriate accommodation measures are in place
forCSC
to fulfil its mandateand respond to the impact
of
any additional legislative requirements that emerge.
Q4: What
will
these measures'cost?
According to our projections, the
Truth in Sentencing
Act
is expected to costapproximately $2 billion over five years starting in 2009-2010.
Q5: What about
other
legislative initiatives proposed as part
of
thegovernment's
t O ~ J g h
 
on
crime agenda?
CSC's current population 'forecasts and costing are based on legislation that haspassed and become law. These analyses will become more precise as the effect
of
any new legislation
is
felt.
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The
g o v ~ r n m e n t
 
is providing the necessary funds
to
address anticipated growth_and ensure CSC continues to deliver on its public safety mandate. And
we
willcontinue to ensure appropriate accommodation measures are taken to fulfil itsmandate, with public safety as the paramount consideration.Q6:
Which
institutions
will
be expanded?
Construction will take place at institutions in locations where we expect thegreatest increases in offender population. '
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Construction is currently planned for the following institutions.Springhill InstitutionAtlantic InstitutionMatsqui InstitutionCowansvilleDonnacona InstitutionFenbrook InstitutionBath
I n ~ t i t u t i o n
 
Collins Bay InstitutionBowden InstitutionEdmonton InstitutionPaCificInstitution/RegionalTreatment Centre
. .
Mission InstitutionKent Institution,Drumheller Institution
Number
of
accommodation
s
acesNumber
of
accommodation
s
ace.s·
192
WestmorlandInstitution
50
96
Montee Saint.Fran
.is
50
96
Sainte-Annedes-Plaines
50
192
Federal TrainingCentre
9696
FrontenacInstitution
50
96
PittsburghInstitution
50
192
Beaver CreekInstitution
50
96
RockwoodInstitution
50
96
RiverbendInstitution
50
96
DrumhellerInstitutionAnnex
50
96
.
•..•....
BowdenInstitution
nex
50
9696
Willow CreeHealinLod e
4096
Ferndale
50
3
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