Jan 05 2011

Federal prisoners held in BC prisons & being there

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Revised March 5th 2012:
Don’t forget to write to your Federal Representatives about warehousing Federal prisoners in BC jails. Protest the deplorable conditions (double bunking) which is not compliant with International Law.

The Corrections Branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General operates provincial correctional centres in British Columbia for adult men and women. Individuals who are remanded into custody or sentenced to a term of two years less a day are incarcerated in these provincial facilities. An offender who receives a jail sentence of two years or more typically remains in a regional correctional centre for up to 15 days before being transferred to a federal penitentiary.

Pretrial and regional correctional centres incarcerate inmates of all levels of risk, and focus on control, separation and protection of offenders and the community. Inmates who are awaiting trial in custody are remanded in designated pretrial and regional centres. Offenders who received a jail sentence are admitted to a regional correctional centre and classified according to their assessed risk.

The Government claims:

* Public safety is our business.
* Effective communication is our foundation.
* Due process ensures fairness.
* People are treated with dignity and respect.
* Integrated offender management enhances security and contributes to a safer community.

I question the validity of those claims. Legal Aid offices are closed all over BC, Prison Guards are at risk of attack, inmates are not safe… the list is almost endless.

In relation to the #robocall scandal ,the following information from Canada’s Criminal Code appears to be appropriate:

Within Canada, the federal government seeks to prevent and prohibit potential domestic corruption by a combination of federal statutes, parliamentary rules and administrative provisions.

The Criminal Code includes offences which prohibit bribery, frauds on the government and influence peddling, fraud or a breach of trust in connection with duties of office, municipal corruption, selling or purchasing office, influencing or negotiating appointments or dealing in offices, possession of property or proceeds obtained by crime, fraud, laundering proceeds of crime and secret commissions.


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