Correctional systems around the world deal with the reality of drugs in prisons. Canada is no different. Three out of four inmates come into Canada's federal correctional institutions with substance abuse problems. For approximately half of federal offenders, there is a direct link between their substance use and criminal behaviour. Drugs in prisons are also a great concern because they lead to criminal activity in jail, violence and the transmission of disease. They also make rehabilitation efforts less effective.
Canada's correctional institutions are therefore working to address the problem of substance abuse through three main activities:
- Security measures to prevent drugs from being smuggled into the institution.
- Substance Abuse programs to help inmates address their substance use and risk of reoffending.
- Harm reduction measures to help stop the spread of disease related to substance abuse.
Corrections News Releases
University of Regina project to address over-representation of Indigenous people in corrections
September 6, 2019
Government appoints expert Advisory Panel to monitor new correctional system
September 6, 2019
Statement from Minister Goodale on the passage of Bill C-83 to strengthen federal corrections and keep communities safe
June 21, 2019
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Corrections Publications and Reports
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- 2018 Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview
- 2017 Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview
- Research Summary: A Meta-analysis of the Effectiveness of Culturally-relevant Treatment for Indigenous Offenders
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