National Union criminal justice workers meeting in Ottawa

Recently-introduced federal legislation makes conference especially timely


Ottawa (10 May 2006) - From May 10-12, provincial criminal justice workers from across the country, all members of the 340,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), are meeting in Ottawa for a series of workshops on a range of issues confronting the sector.

Delegates come from Probation and Parole as well as Adult and Youth Corrections.

"We have brought together experts from Canada, the United States and Britain to provide an international perspective on issues and trends in corrections," says National President James Clancy.

"The conference has been in the works for a little while but the legislative package brought in by the federal government makes the meeting all the more timely."

Workshops will be looking at topics such as the public perception of justice workers, U.K. privatization initiatives, the threat of epidemics in prisons and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

"I expect the discussion to be quite lively and interesting," says Clancy. "The combined experience and knowledge of the participants is truly incredible. These are the people who know the sector the best - and have a strong commitment to improving it!"

The discussion is expected to assist the National Union in dealing with issues confronting workers in the corrections and administration of justice sectors. NUPGE 

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