2008-09 Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator
One of the highlights of this year's report is the need to improve the care and treatment of inmates with mental illness.
The Report recommends increased hiring of mental health professionals and the establishment of intermediate mental health care capacity in each region. It also recommends clinical management plans to treat offenders with mental disorders be developed and implemented on a priority basis and managed by interdisciplinary teams of mental health, security and case management personnel working together.
Another area of concern for the OCI is the need to improve management of self-injurious behaviour by offenders. The Report calls for the development of a national strategy for managing chronic self-harming behaviours and incidents.
The Correctional Investigator is mandated by Part III of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act as an Ombudsman for federal offenders. The primary function of the Office is to investigate and bring resolution to individual offender complaints.
Coverage of the report:
- 'Hardened' prisons don't help with rehabilitation: Watchdog (Ottawa Citizen, November 2, 2009)
- Ombudsman slams prison mental health services (CBC News, November 2, 2009)
- Create prison psychiatric units, report urges (Toronto Star, November 3, 2009)