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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

July 19, 2019

Correctional officers from adult and youth facilities have been sounding the alarm for months on the growing number of violent incidents inside these jails.

July 8, 2019

Unless the Minister completely rejects the idea that the Social Finance Fund will be used to "bring private funding, incentives and discipline into social services," past experience shows we need to assume that it will be used to subsidize the privatization of social services.

July 4, 2019

Both Serco and G4S operate privatized services in Canada where wrong doing could have very serious consequences.

June 27, 2019

“Look at how many complaints he fielded about Ford’s disastrous cuts and privatizations in autism services and special education services. Families are hurting and they’re desperate to be heard.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer

May 24, 2019

A report from the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy found that privatization of prison food services led to an increase in inmate theft, trafficking, and gang activity.

March 22, 2019

“It’s time for this government to step up and offer reasonable compensation to our workers to recognize the hard work and lack of support for services over the past 3 years." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President

March 4, 2019

"A dysfunctional, over-crowded, under-funded prison system puts everyone at risk-our members, the inmates they work with, and the communities that those inmates get released into." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

February 11, 2019

“Improved mental health support systems and pathways, a new correctional facility to replace the HMP, additional health professional staff, improved training, and increased staff allocations and presence are all things that need to be implemented to improve the outcomes of our correctional facilities.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President

January 30, 2019

At NUPGE, we are proud that our union has been playing such a strong role in removing the stigma against mental injury in the workplace and working to see that the supports people need are there when they need them.

October 17, 2018

"We owe these public servants the same duty of care that we afford to the people they are trying to protect and serve." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President