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Status of Women committee  In the case of these offenders, we detected a lack of mental health services, particularly as concerns personnel. The positions exist but they are vacant. Moreover, Correctional Service Canada uses segregation cells to try to manage the offenders who have mental health issues. T

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  It's whatever the committee wishes.

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  Overall we indicated that although these are programs for indigenous women offenders, they are not always available when they are needed. And so it is not possible for these inmates to begin these programs when they need to try to solve their particular situation. There are appro

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  I'll ask Ms. McCalla to provide details. Again, we found that the Correctional Service does have culturally appropriate programs in place, but not all women offenders are participating in those programs. Sometimes they choose to participate in the general programs rather than t

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  That is obviously an issue that the department's going to need to deal with. Again, a high percentage of the people they are dealing with have mental health issues or serious mental health issues. Certainly trying to match that demand for those services with the supply for those

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  What I would say is that I think it would line up with what they told us they were trying to do. I think we identified a number of places where they're not there yet. Again, when the tool was to assign security levels, it was one that was based on assigning security levels to m

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  When we do an audit like this, we set an objective to look at the program and, in this case, primarily to see what the department was doing to prepare women offenders for release. We've now done three audits on preparing offenders for release. We did one that looked at the popula

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  Every time we do one of these performance audits we're going into a program, and I think all government programs have their own unique aspects. We have a basic methodology of what we try to do. First of all, we establish an audit objective, then we establish criteria, and we bas

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  When offenders enter into the system—in that audit it was particularly women offenders—the first thing that happens is that they get evaluated using this rating tool. That's the rating tool that we mentioned was designed 25 years ago based on a sample of men. It was really design

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  I'll start and then maybe I'll ask Ms. McCalla to add something, as well. Certainly one of the things we found, first of all, was that the same tool we just referred to, which they use to assign a security level, is the tool they use to assign programming. The tool wasn't design

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  When we do an audit, we make our recommendations. We get a response from the department. Just about always, the department will agree with our recommendations, because our process is such that we have time to discuss the recommendations with them. I always reserve judgment on h

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Status of Women committee  Madam Chair, thank you for inviting us to speak about our recent audit reports on correctional services. We look forward to helping inform your study on indigenous women in the federal justice and correctional systems. Joining me at the table is Carol McCalla, the principal who w

December 5th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Public Accounts committee  Certainly the issue we were raising was exactly as you described. If somebody knows that their response is being monitored, they will modify their behaviour. For example, they would be more likely to go and look up the answer in the computer system than to try to just answer it o

November 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

Public Accounts committee  Obviously I can't answer the question from that point of view. We haven't gone in and done the analysis. However, it's very evident that this issue about access and accuracy is extremely important. I think the agency has said that they are going to try to fix it, but as has been

November 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson

November 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Ferguson