Youth Correctional Professionals juggle the roles of social worker, counselor, educator, advocate, jailer and supervisor. It is a tough job that is being made more difficult by federal and provincial governments. Change is needed not just for the workers in the sector but also for the young offenders, their families and for protecting our communities.
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
Correctional Officers of this country walk into an environment comprised of people who have been convicted of breaking the law with not much more than their courage, convictions and intelligence. It is time we all recognize that jails that support both the workers and inmates are essential for a society to deal effectively with crime.
Probation and Parole Officers are mandated with protecting the public, rehabilitating the offender and ensuring that justice is served. They are integral parts of the entire process an offender passes through — from pre-trail to post-sentencing. All of this would be a tall order under the best circumstances. Unfortunately, the system in Canada is not operating as well as it should.
Crime and punishment are never easy to deal with. Youth crime may be the most difficult of all. This publication provides a critical review of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). It also sets out a multi-pronged approach to preventing and tackling youth crime and creating safer communities in Canada.
Mike Parker, NUPGE NEB member and HSAA President, addressed the PSI World Congress detailing how the labour movement can push legislators to ensure presumptive coverage for mental injuries is available to all workers.
"My heart and thoughts are with Kellie's friends, family, and his colleagues at VIRCC, and the broader B.C. corrections and sheriffs community during this difficult time." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The chilling testimony we’ve already heard is all that’s needed to justify extended protection. This is a win-win scenario for the government and for workers. It’s the right thing to do.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I am deeply honoured to pay tribute to the brave police and peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while keeping our communities safe. They will not be forgotten. Today we remember them, we honour them and we show our deepest respect and gratitude to them."— The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“This memorial will be a place where families can remember their loved ones and where the public can thank them for their public service. ” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"The Barrington Report, a staffing analysis, was completed last fall but the McNeil government refused to release the details. Eventually obtained through FOIPOP, the report included numerous staffing recommendations. Nothing has been done to implement them." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President