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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

February 21, 2017

"These new statistics prove that now, more than ever, the B.C. government and WCB must address the issue of prison violence. The safety and security of our members — and our communities — is at stake.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

Vancouver (21 Feb. 2017) — New statistics released by BC Corrections show that prison violence in B.C. continues to rise. Assaults on correctional officers rose by 39 per cent between 2014 and 2015, and the new stats indicate that —based on the halfway point of 2016 — this figure is projected to rise by another 21.5 per cent for 2016. 

January 31, 2017

“Time and time again, the contracting out of services has proven to cost more – both in money and in terms of safety.” – Bob Bymoen, SGEU President

January 5, 2017

Assaults on correctional officers are up by 39 per cent over the last year, and the total number of violent incidents, both inmate-on-officer and inmate-on-inmate, rose by 42 per cent over that same time.

November 24, 2016

"By not filling these vacant positions, it leaves our current members working short [staffed] and puts them at an increased risk of violence in the workplace." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

November 15, 2016

"This issue was significant enough that government felt it warranted the time and expense of a study. Why are they now dragging their feet on implementing the recommendations that were made?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

November 14, 2016

The BCGEU/NUPGE is so proud of Officer Knighton and the immense courage he demonstrated that day.

November 10, 2016

“The Ministry of Justice is making a decision that will definitely reduce security in our courts, based on the assumption that it will save some small, unknown amount of money.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President

November 7, 2016

Workers who get PTSD from their jobs need to be covered by WCB. Join the rally on November 10 to show your support!

November 7, 2016

Fires and equipment destroyed in latest incident at Burnaby Youth Custody Centre.

November 2, 2016

Sign the BCGEU/NUPGE petition to Premier Christy Clark about increasing danger and violence inside B.C. prisons.