Tag: Howard Sapers

Prisons watchdog report suppressed for nine months

Prison fenceCanadians spent $2.5 billion last year to operate the country’s penitentiary system, so you’d expect they’d be entitled to timely information about how it’s functioning. They’re not getting it. A key report on the operation of Correctional Service of Canada was suppressed by the previous Conservative regime and was withheld from public release by the new Liberal government for five months. The annual report of correctional investigator Howard Sapers, an ombudsman who is mandated by law to investigate prisoner complaints, was released publicly yesterday (March 10), nine months after Sapers gave it to Conservative Public Safety Minster Steven Blaney.

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Prison service can’t contain spending or limit inmate deaths, report shows

Howard Sapers, correctional investigatorpodcast.labelDespite an enormous infusion of cash in the past decade, the agency that runs the country’s penitentiaries has failed to deliver on longstanding promises to reduce prisoner deaths and has failed to limit critical security incidents that endanger staff and inmates, a newly released report card on the operations of Correctional Service of Canada reveals. “I continue to be very frustrated that CSC continues to deal with deaths in custody as sort of one-off events and not paying enough attention to the patterns and the common issues that contribute,” says Howard Sapers (inset), the federal correctional investigator. (Hear the full interview with Sapers, after the jump, in Episode 1 of the Cancrime podcast).

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Deaths in prison: ‘A pattern of deficiencies’

Ashley SmithThe union representing thousands of federal prison guards who work in penitentiaries in Kingston and across Canada says a scathing report released Wednesday by the prison ombudsman has it partly right. Correctional investigator Howard Sapers says Corrections Canada has failed to fix chronic problems that contribute to inmate deaths behind bars.

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