As of September 2021, Ontario's correctional services operate based on key principles derived from laws, regulations, and policies. These principles are all about running correctional institutions effectively and compassionately. Their focus? Keeping everyone safe, supporting rehabilitation, and safeguarding the rights of inmates and staff.
Correctional Service Safety Comes First
Within the correctional service, safety is the number one priority. This means maintaining a safe and secure environment to protect inmates, staff, and the public. Preventing violence, escapes, and threats to everyone’s safety is crucial.
Treating Everyone with Dignity and Respect
Helping Inmates Get Back on Track
The main goal of the correctional service is to help inmates get back into society successfully. This involves giving them access to education, job training, mental health support, addiction services, and programs that address the reasons behind their actions.
Fairness and Equality for All
Being Responsible and Open
Accountability and transparency are important aspects. The correctional service takes responsibility for their actions and make sure their operations and decisions are transparent. This builds trust in the system.
Engaging with Communities
Always Improving The Correctional Service
The correctional service are always trying to get better. They regularly review and enhance their practices and policies based on what works best. This ensures they can adapt to changing needs and challenges.
Respecting Human Rights
Respecting the rights of inmates, as outlined in international and domestic laws, is a core part of the correctional service’s operations.