“Inmates are being incarcerated in violent prison settings, then are being released into communities where programs and support services are in short supply. The public safety implications should be taken into account." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Corrections and Criminal Justice
Among the public sector members of the National Union are thousands of women and men who work in Canada’s justice system. These include Youth Corrections Professionals, Correctional Officers, Probation Officers, Sheriffs, as well as those who work in community-based social services, child protection, youth counsellors and other related social services.
These members of the National Union have a wealth of experience and knowledge that we believe can make an invaluable contribution to the development of public policy and legislation on criminal justice issues.
News on Corrections and Criminal Justice
“OCDC has become the brand name for Ontario’s crisis in corrections and I fear we will see more of the cover ups, lies and toxic labour relations that plague the jail system." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We will be looking for opportunities to move these issues forward and to work with the Minister and ministry staff to make these important improvements." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Warren (Smokey) Thomas said there was a big problem when senior managers lie to the minister.
OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas said that Corrections Miniser Naqvi seemed "shocked to see the deplorable conditions inmates were living in — and correctional officers were working under. Clearly, something had to be done, and done quickly.”
"Our provincial prisons are increasingly violent for both the inmates and the men and women who work there. The problems cannot be ignored.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“When our members delivered food services, the meals were safe and met health standards. Clearly, Compass can’t manage even that.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
The current practice of forcing sheriffs to work overtime is not working and is unsustainable. The shortage is compromising courthouse security, delaying important proceedings, and is threatening the integrity of our justice system.
Survey results point to what the BCGEU/NUPGE has been saying: there is a poisonous work environment, chronically low staff morale and other significant problems that must be addressed.
"This is not simply about inmates in a correctional facility or the people that work there — it is about the type of province we want to live in, the type of province we want to leave to our children.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President