Sex offenders in the community
When anyone thinks of sex offenders in prison, the image that comes to mind is that of them behind bars removed from society and no longer being able to harm anybody. For many sex offenders this is not the case. With placements in minimum-security prison and halfway houses these individuals are afforded the opportunity to once again mingle with society including its most vulnerable through community escorts. For these sex offenders, when they go out into the community, they are not always under the supervision of Correctional Officers or Correctional Service of Canada employees, but rather under the supervision of a citizen volunteer. That rights a volunteer from the community. Also worthy of mention is that some of these inmates being escorted by volunteer citizens come from medium security prisons. Is this what victims believed to be how the sentence would be served?
As stated many times before, sex offenders who take programs as dictated by their correctional plan, are not cured, at best it can only be said they attended the program, no measuring of success. So lets now compound the fact that these sex offenders, who it can be argued are untreated, are now out with a volunteer community member. For the majority of these community members, they are seniors, or retired, believing they are performing a valuable service. These civilians are not peace officers, not armed, not trained like a Correctional Officer, who receives proper training, and really have no responsibility to intercede in the unlawful activity of the sex offender beyond calling the Police. Once again the Police become the one’s expected to deal with this issue, an issue that is preventable.
It is my position that all sex offenders, in either a minimum-security prison or halfway houses, need to have electronic monitoring bracelets attached so as to track them. Remember they are in facilities where they can at any time just decide to walk away, and in many cases are not detected missing for hours. For those deemed to need an escort, it needs to be fully trained Correctional Officer. Further any sex offender coming out of a medium security facility should at minimum be by an armed Correctional Officer in restraint equipment. We owe it to all victims and the vulnerable members of society to ensure the utmost of public safety.