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After the April 20, 2007 review launch announcement, the CSC Review Panel was briefed by correctional experts from within CSC, as well as justice experts from the NPB and the Canadian Centre of Justice Statistics. These initial briefings provided the Panel an overview of the current trends in Canadian criminal justice and the changing offender profile, the legislative framework of the federal correctional system, as well as CSC's programs, current challenges and latest performance results.

Call-out letters were also sent to numerous organizations, stakeholders, and partners who share the common objective of safer communities, as well as CSC Wardens and District Directors. They were invited to submit a written brief as a contribution to the review. These submissions provided the Panel with information they perhaps would not otherwise be able to collect and consider.

In addition, instructions for submitting written material to the Panel were posted on a featured web page on the Public Safety web site. Written submissions from private members of the public were also accepted. (A list of all submissions received by the Panel can be found at Appendix J.)

The Panel also visited as many correctional facilities as possible, including halfway houses and parole offices. Panel members toured penitentiaries of varying security levels in all regions of the country while meeting with management teams, citizen advisory committee representatives, union representatives, parole officers, correctional officers, frontline staff, program staff, health care workers, volunteers, and inmate representatives. (A list of facilities visited by members of the Panel can be found at Appendix K.)

After reviewing the submissions received from interest groups and individuals, the Panel selected those they would like to meet with for further consultation based on issues to address in accordance with the Review Mandate and Terms of Reference. The majority of these consultation meetings took place in Ottawa; however, many also were arranged during the Panel's visits across the country. (A list of those consulted can be found at Appendix J.)

At the end of this review process, members of the Panel were able to draw upon the expert briefings, written submissions, consultations and personal observations from their site visits, to formulate conclusions and recommendations and begin writing this report.

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