PDF — pages, Correctional Service Canada The Correctional Service of Canada CSC is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the courts. CSC is responsible for managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders under conditional release in the community. CSC is also committed to ensuring that victims of crime have an effective voice in the federal corrections and criminal justice system. CSC has many qualified speakers available to speak on a variety of topics including penitentiaries, rehabilitation and programs, Aboriginal offenders, women offenders, mental health and reintegration.
By Daniel Patrick Downen M. The standing belief by many administrators and the public was that the punitive aspects of incarceration would deter further crime and effectively hold offenders accountable for their decision to commit crime. Through education and research we have since come to understand that there is, in fact, much causation that contributes to crime.
However, society in general has not been educated to the complexities of crime and still clings to the concept that incarceration alone is sufficient to address criminal behavior.
Additionally the thought is, why should we give convicted felons all these services for free while hard working law abiding people have to pay for them. This has been the error in thinking for decades. As a result, we are now faced with out of control overcrowding due to enormous rates of recidivism.
Corrections in many states are one of the largest budgeted agencies and we are not getting the most return for our public safety investment dollars.
The level of public safety is greatly reduced as tax dollar expenditures greatly increase. We simply cannot afford to keep re-processing and incarcerating the same offenders over and over. The stakeholders include victims, offenders and the community, all three of equal priority.
Restorative Justice is much more than implementing programming and services. It is a big picture strategy of addressing the true causes of crime within the offender, repairing the damage caused and giving the victims a voice in the process.
It does not stress the importance of the offender to come face to face with the human impact of his criminal behavior. The offender can go to prison and take no role in making whole the victim, the community or himself.
Restorative Justice seeks to change this.
Restorative Justice is a different framework for reducing recidivism and providing public safety. It is not a program. It is a collection of concepts put into action to administer justice as a process that involves the victim, the offender and the community.
It does not seek to undermine or mitigate the punitive characteristics of incarceration. Taking responsibility is fundamental and therefore more difficult for the offender.
It attempts to teach offenders empathy and compassion for human suffering. Both qualities many offenders lack through inadequate childhood socialization, neglect or abuse. With a Restorative Justice correctional long term direction, the focus is appropriately placed on healing the victim, making whole the community and restoring the offender to a moral place he was or should have been.
This model gives offenders a chance to reclaim their lives, to give back and be a positive force in their community.We offer restorative justice services for those who are under the supervision of various correctional entities.
These services include counseling services, case management, employment assistance and guidance, transitional services, addiction treatment and transitional residential services (halfway houses). Restorative Justice In recognizing that crime causes injury to people and communities, restorative practices seek to repair those injuries by encouraging and supporting parties with a stake in a particular offense to participate in its resolution.
new community or restorative justice pro-grams to appear “fashionable” or to solve a particular problem, but will do so without fundamentally rethinking their missions. Ronald Earle, District Attorney in Travis programs Sentencing.
Justice, Corrections. American social work, corrections and restorative justice: An appraisal. Social workers' perspectives on effective practice in criminal justice settings. Lived Challenges to Ethical Social Work Practice in Criminal Justice Settings.
All authors. Diane S. Young. Restorative Justice involves victims, offenders, and the community working to repair the harm to the victim, victim's family, and the community. A restorative approach to crime ensures that the victim's experience and needs are considered.
Implementing restorative justice: A guide for schools is specifically designed to provide Illinois school personnel with practical strategies to apply restorative justice.
A variety of juvenile justice practitioners and school personnel provided guidance during the development of this guide to make.