The following news link speaks to the current police operation on sex crimes against children. Of interest is the occupation of some of these people involved in sex crimes. As I have blog about previously, what make sex offenders especially dangerous is that some of them are educated and from positions of authority. There is no socio-economic reason for the crimes. These are just evil people who are more concerned with their own gratification at all cost. Great work by the many police departments involved.
Once these people are convicted by a court, they belong in a prison till warrant expire, then a dangerous offender tag applied to them for life. After all they had no worries about ruining the lives of kids, only wanting to please their own desires.
When an inmate is released on Statutory Release (SR), there are always conditions that are set for them to meet. Inmates, who are a continual danger such as sex offenders, have the added condition of residency imposed upon them, possibly with Long Term Supervision Orders (LTSO), which are imposed by the courts for a period the courts determines. Occasionally they will even go to halfway houses, which are not run by Corrections Canada
But what happens when the inmates does not follow their SR conditions or LTSO conditions. At that point there is either a suspension warrant issued, or the police already picked up the inmate because they committed a crime.
Once the Parole Board is informed of the inmate’s suspension and incarceration, the Parole Board of Canada reviews the file in what is termed as a Paper Decision. This involves only looking at information on file and not meeting with the inmate. The choice the Parole board will then make is to either revoke them or they will cancel the suspension and the inmate is then back out on SR.
As for the inmates who have their SR revoked, they go back to prison till their next SR date, and then they get to do it all over again. The inmate on LTSO, follows the same procedure with the added exception that they have conditions set for a period of time after their warrant expire.
While common sense would suggest that if you are released from prison with conditions and you violate it, back to prison you go till your time is up. But that is not the case. The repeated chances they are given makes you wonder what accountability is there for them to really conform to societies ways? Remember this rule even applies to sex offenders who are out there. Disgusted, we should all be? If released on SR and any inmate’s messes up, they should automatically be returned to prison to finish the rest of their sentence, and by that I mean not to a halfway house, CCC or camp, rather returned to a prison. Time to make inmates accountable and protect societies and our vulnerable ones.
How safe is our communities, when Community Correctional Centers (CCC), have absolutely no Corrections Canada (CSC) employees, specifically Correctional Officers, working in these facilities after 4 pm daily? Now remember, CSC stated that 25% of the population in CCC facilities are sex offenders.
Now lets look ahead to the end of 2014, when CSC will be closing its Hamilton CCC, an internal message not yet released to the Canadian public says. The impact that this will have on other facilities is that they will have to pick up the bed numbers, thus meaning more sex offenders in local CCC without proper security.
Is this something we should be worried about? You bet. The reality is that Correctional Officers are held to a higher standard then any contracted security company will be. Correctional Officers are specifically trained, have more authority over inmates, are federal peace officers, and are specifically trained to deal with federal offenders. Their duties are based on public security, not dollars. Private security companies are in business to make money, this is their bottom line. No private security company is equal to Federal Correctional Officers in their powers, training, or mandate.
Putting it all together spells danger for the Canadian public. More sex offenders in local communities, and no security to watch over them, a dangerous mix. It is time to rethink the release of sex offenders into CCC, since they are still at risk to reoffend as they are not cured, and keep them behind the walls of a prison, not in a motel like setting.
Today I received part of my original access to information request from Corrections Canada (CSC), asking for the number of sex offenders in Community Correctional Centres (CCC) on stat release, with residency conditions. The answer from Corrections Canada, based on a snap shot taken on October 6, 2013 is 25 %. That represents one in four inmates in CCC are sex offenders.
Lets look at why they are released to a CCC on residency condition. The answer is simple, it is because they are too volatile to be released without conditions. Doesn’t sound like the neighbour anyone wants, now does it. Also remember that none of these sex offenders are cured so they still require structor and supervision; so why hurriedly place society at risk by releasing them back into community contact before warrant expire. Consider this, when you loose your license for impaired driving for one year, the system does not give it back to you after 2/3 of your sentence. Are we in society not correct to assume that when a sex offender is removed off the street for a time period imposed by a court, that they will not be back on the street till that time is served? Are victims and society not owed this, I think so. So what the rush? Remember they have committed one of the most descicable crimes, so why give them any breaks to get out soon.
A CCC is not really a prison. While they fall under the authority of the Correctional Service of Canada, they are just a glorified hotel staffed on the evening shift and mornings by non-CSC uniform staff. As you might not know inmates in these places are even allowed to keep cars or motorcycles on the premise if they own them or buy them. Not sounding much like a prison is it.
Victims and society are owed better than this. Sex offenders committed the crime and they need to pay what society asks of them. Zero tolerance for despicable crimes. Lets keep sex offenders in no less then a medium security prison. We owe it to the victims and vulnerable members of society.
The Correctional Service of Canada, as part of the criminal justice system and respecting the rule of law, contributes to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control. — Mission Statement
A mission statement is meant to be more than just words. It is the philosophy, beliefs, and practices of an organization. So why when asked about sex offenders in Community Correctional Centers, not having access to community gyms where youth and other vulnerable members of society may be, do they (Correctional Service of Canada) not answer the question? After all keeping sex offenders away from these people is “respecting the rule of law.” All sex offenders are prohibited from being in contact with them, so this information should be readily available.
In previous blogs, I have shown that in a response to an access to information requests, that I made, they indicated that they did not have this information. I was told that this would be very expensive for me if I wanted this answer. Am I expected to pay them to find out the information that they should already have at their fingertips? After all respecting the rule of law would mean that they ensure that sex offenders are not coming into contact with youth and vulnerable members of society. Further I have written to Corrections Canada on this issue on Oct 4, 2013, in an e-mail, and even followed up with another e-mail to see if they received the first one, and still no acknowledgement of receipt. Is it not an important enough subject? I am willing to bet that for parents and victims it is.
The struggle for this answer continues, as I will engage the department through political means if necessary. Stay Tuned.
Unfortunately in Canada, the rights of criminals sentenced to federal prison are really not curtailed, as one would expect. Lets look at the most elementary of democratic rights, the right to vote. While most Canadians would assume that once you have crossed the line far enough to earn a federal prison sentence, that the wheels of justice would now set down your future, with restrictions, clearly indicating society displeasure with you. After all they have shown society that they do not care about its rules and what it means to be a responsible person, so why enjoy what we enjoy. Remember that even the most despicable of human beings, a child rapist and murder, are today allowed the same basic right to vote that the rest of us, who live a law-abiding life receive.
Is there something wrong with this picture? There has to be a level that once crossed, society says enough and it starts to impose more drastic restriction upon you. I am not talking about those sentenced to provincial time, 2 years less a day, but rather those who have graduated to the big league and now are doing federal time. If you can’t live in society as the rest of us do, then why should you have a say in how society runs, via voting. Its time to end the vote for federal criminals.
After reading the program description, decide for yourself, if after a sex offender takes this course, would you feel comfortable with them moving into your community without added protection, or is the program enough to make you feel safe. Also consider that when one of these sex offenders who has taken the program, escapes, or does not report to his community parole officer, the Police in the community always lists them as dangerous. Never do they say, “Don’t worry they took a sex offender program.”
Of interest is that the program is divided into intensity levels of High, Moderate of Low intensity, and lets not forget about the maintenance program that is often suggsted. I for one do not fell that any convicted sex offender, still under sentence, has any place in the community until warrant expire, and then they need to be placed on a trackable database, for all to monitor. Right now they are in our community, attending community events, and there is very little monitoring on them. The focus appears to be on the rights of the sex offender and not on the rights of the most vulnerable members of society.
Are sex offenders in Community Correctional Centers (CCC), who attend public gyms a public relations nightmare for Corrections Canada (CSC)? The answer is potentially. I say potentially because if after raising this question to CSC, as I did, and a sex offender was to sexually assault a vulnerable member of society at the gym or on the way to or from the gym, it would be inexcusable. This is a worst-case scenario for public relations, but to hold on to the hope that it has never happened before, so it will possibly never happen, is Russian roulette, a game society does not want to play.
A good public relations move would be to investigate, and if found that they are using community gyms, to end this practice. Being proactive is something society can appreciate, and it shows an evolving process to make society safer.
Why I bring this up is because while I have previously blogged on this issue, I have also copied my blog to CSC, sent e-mail asking this question, and encouraged CSC senior managers to engage in my blog, as it educates society. I have yet to receive an acknowledgement that my e-mail has been received, although it was 4 working days ago. I do not expect an answer to my question but a receipt for a message received on such a sensitive issue is not too much to ask and is appropriate. Consider that this department has media staff to monitor and respond to these types of potentially explosive messages. Further something of this nature would require a brief prepared for the minister by the Parliamentary Relations Officers in the department, in the event that the Minister was questioned on this matter, so why no response? Remember I explained that the CSC member I spoke to at National Headquarters told me that they did not have this information and it would take time and money to find out the answer. Also I overheard a conversation where it stated that this is going on.
Anyhow this is not a subject that will disappear, and I will pursue till a response is delivered. Those of us in society who can, have to act for those that cannot. We need to protect the vulnerable members of society.