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March 10, 2009 12:00 ET

Minister of Public Safety Announces Appointment of the Correctional Investigator of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced the re-appointment of Mr. Howard Sapers to continue his work as the Correctional Investigator of Canada.

"I am pleased to re-appoint Mr. Sapers as the federal ombudsman for penitentiary offenders and I look forward to continuing to work with him," said Minister Van Loan. "The Government of Canada is committed to an effective criminal justice system and public safety, and Mr. Sapers' ability to resolve complaints in a balanced and diligent manner upholds these values."

Since his appointment in February 2004, Mr. Sapers has shown an objective and attentive approach to responding to complaints and initiating special investigations as Correctional Investigator of Canada. As noted in his 2007-08 annual report, the Ombudsman and his staff responded to over 6,300 complaints from inmates, and spent a cumulative total of 297 days in penitentiaries conducting over 2000 interviews.

Immediately prior to his appointment, Mr. Sapers was Vice-Chairperson, National Parole Board of Canada in the Prairie Region. Between 2001 and 2003, he held the position of Director of the Crime Prevention Investment Fund at the National Crime Prevention Centre, Department of Justice Canada, and from 1993 to 2001, he served in the Alberta Legislative Assembly as Health Critic, Treasury Critic and Acting Leader of the Official Opposition. Previous employment includes Provincial Executive Director, John Howard Society of Alberta, and Instructor, Grant MacEwan College, Correctional Services program.

The role of the Correctional Investigator as set out in Part III of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, is to be an Ombudsman for federal offenders. The primary function of the Office is to investigate and bring resolution to individual offender complaints.

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