Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

June 27, 2008 13:19 ET

Government of Canada Strengthens Security Classification Regulations for Dangerous Offenders

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 27, 2008) - The Government of Canada announced today an amendment to the Corrections and Conditional Release Regulations (CCRR) that will now include a Dangerous Offender designation among the list of factors that must be considered by the Correctional Service Canada (CSC) before assigning inmates to a lower security classification level.

"This change means that an inmate's status as Dangerous Offender must now explicitly be taken into account before such an inmate is assigned to a minimum security institution," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety. "This amendment will improve our ability to manage and control Dangerous Offenders within the corrections system and will help us better protect Canadians and their communities."

This regulatory change also complements elements of Bill C-2, the Tackling Violent Crime Act. The Act's Dangerous Offender provisions, which will come into force as of July 2, 2008, will provide tougher sentencing and management of dangerous and high-risk offenders, in order to enhance the safety of communities and Canadians.

Our government launched and completed a review of our corrections system in 2007. Budget 2008 provides $122 million over two years to CSC for implementation. The objectives of this reform agenda are to enhance offender accountability, eliminate drugs from prisons and make other essential improvements to our corrections system.

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863