Federal women inmates are primarily poor or homeless, undereducated and suffering from addictions or mental health problems.
NUPGE calls for thorough review of legislation with the involvement of front-line workers in the sector rather than piecemeal approach to changing the law.
'Our proposals will focus on winnable issues that resolve long standing inequities.' - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
'The main goal has to be public safety. Providing support, supervision and rehabilitation programs upon an offender's release into the community is critical.' - James Clancy.
Increasing incarceration of people with mental issues is cruel and unusual punishment – NUPGE.
Experts from across the country will join representatives of Canada's justice workers to assess the growing crisis posed by mental health problems in correctional facilities.
Similar programs are already operating in Ontario and Saskatchewan.
NUPGE urges federal justice minister to use stimulus money to begin "massive investment" in new and upgraded correctional facilities across Canada.
The proposed 'tough on crime' legislation would exacerbate an already critical situation in our provincial correctional facilities.