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Transforming Canadian corrections: Addressing punitive practices in federal prisons to foster rehabilitation for inmates with mental health conditions

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(Project) M.P.P.
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This study examines the negative effects of punitive policies on the rehabilitation of vulnerable inmates within Canada's federal correctional facilities. Interviews with ten experts suggest that inmates with mental health conditions often receive more systematic punishment than the rest of the prison population, resulting in decreased possibility for rehabilitation opportunities. This research study recommends implementing enhanced research, accountability, and monitoring to address this issue. This policy solution involves engaging external organizations to research and publicly report on current practices within prisons, aiming to enhance transparency. Additionally, a more active role from Correctional Service Canada staff is required to improve accountability and monitoring and to reduce punitive measures. Next steps include collaboration from Correctional Service Canada, the Office of the Correctional Investigator, and Public Safety Canada to transform current penal practices. This transformation can foster a rehabilitative environment in which inmates with mental health conditions receive fair treatment and appropriate supports.
65 pages.
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Thesis advisor: Stewart, Kennedy
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