How to Get an Outstanding Job at an Outright Prison: The Prison Industry
Posted January 28, 2018 10:05:50 Corrections companies need to be much more transparent about how they are funding their work and what their performance is, and to make their operations more transparent.
While there are some examples of this in the United States, it’s hard to find in Canada, according to prison labor expert Tom O’Sullivan.
“It’s been very difficult to find an institution that’s transparent in their operations,” O’Neill said.
“I think this has been an issue for a long time, and I think it’s getting more attention and more people are aware of it.
There’s a lot of pressure on corrections companies to get better, and they have to be accountable.”
The Corrections Industry Canada (CIC) says they have been audited and the government is looking into the matter.
Prison Labor News Network (PLN) was contacted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to find out how many correctional facilities have been inspected.
They said that of the 2,500 correctional facilities in Canada that were audited, 2,853 are in Ontario, the largest province, and 6,927 in Quebec.
Of those, 639 are in the private sector.
Of these, 1,037 are in Quebec and 1,036 are in British Columbia.
CIC says there are an average of five audits per year, but that there is an increase in audits when there are more facilities.
The CFIB said that if an inspection shows “serious problems”, “a correction should be inspected” rather than a private company being inspected.
That means if there are problems, there is a higher chance that the correction will be taken over by a private firm.
“Corrections Canada is looking at a number of options, including requiring the companies to be inspected,” said CFIB president John Rochon.
“There is no requirement to inspect private prisons or private corporations.”
“There are so many private companies that are operating at a very high level that they are being overlooked in the process of getting audits done,” said O’Neil.
While private companies aren’t required to be audited by corrections authorities, it is important to ensure that all corrections employees are adequately trained, O’Niell said.
Corrections Canada spokesperson Lisa MacDougall said that the department is looking for more ways to audit correctional facilities, such as training staff on proper use of the equipment.
She added that there are also a number to the federal government’s new anti-torture legislation, which requires the government to report on its own inspections.
Corrections Minister Stephanie McLean has said that while the government does not have a specific mandate to audit prisons, it will work to improve its audit processes.
On average, prisons are inspected about once a year, according in CIC’s audit report.