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Annual Report of Correctional Investigator Critical of CSC

The Office of the Correctional Investigator released its annual report on October 24, 2003. Highlights include continued criticism of the discrimination faced by Aboriginal people and women inside Canadian prisons. The report says that many Aboriginal people are being kept in federal prisons longer than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Aborignal people are less likely to receive conditional release and experience more problems with delayed parole.The report also calls for more independent investigation and review processes. In terms of women, it calls for a return to the final response plan" addressing the recommendations of Madame Justice Arbour's 1996 Report. This report was released after a tape was publicized of a male reponse team violently strip searching women at PW4 in Kingston, ON.

We will be hopefully interviewing Kim Pate of Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, in 2 weeks (Stark Raven Radio, Nov 17, 7pm), for a full overview of the report and its implications.

For a copy of the report go to www.oci-bec.gc.ca/reports_e.asp