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Oh your Boss or Supervisor went to Jail for Ignoring Safety, Let’s take a snap shot in time!

As a supervisor or boss you are required to learn and know many things, but safety knowledge is critical if you don’t want to go to jail. And the harsh reality of life is if you don’t want to learn your butt is going to jail for your ignorance, it is that simple!  As the judge drops the gavel on the stand and states GUILTY AS CHARGED!  And as you wave good bye to your friends, family and corner office plus perks you new life is now in building that will change your life!

So you are not a hardened criminal you just didn’t give a crap about safety and now you are in jail, serving time, in a very small office with either you or your new best for time served bunky.

And while you get use to your new surrounding and life style you are thinking about Section 217.1 of the Criminal Code

Every one who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person, arising from that work or task.”  Remember this is a federal charge which means a federal conviction and time!

Oh it will never happen you say, well you might want to write to the supervisors from Metron Construction !

The Correctional Plan not unlike the SAFETY PLAN or PROGRAM you forgot to follow at work !

Correctional Plan is developed for each inmate. It outlines treatment and recommendations for rehabilitation. CSC then provides a broad range of programs to match their needs and address their risk of re-offending. The plan serves as a basis to monitor the inmate’s progress throughout their sentence.

Case Management

Case management is an ongoing process. It includes assessing, informing, counselling, motivating, planning programs and supervising an inmate throughout his/her sentence. Each inmate is assigned a Case Management Team (CMT).

The team includes:

·        a Correctional Officer

·        a Parole Officer

·        a Manager of Assessment and Intervention (MAI)

·        an Aboriginal Liaison Officer (if applicable)

·        an Elder (if applicable)

The team members work together to support the inmate’s rehabilitation efforts. They develop and evaluate the inmate’s behaviour, work performance, and the progress he/she is making in his/her correctional plan.

Daily Routine in an Institution

An inmate’s day follows the routine of the institution. That routine is based on the institution’s security classification. On a regular day, inmates may be involved in programs, educational activities, or job training.

A typical weekday schedule:

·        06:45 – Inmate count

·        07:00 – Breakfast

·        08:00 – Go to program, work or back to the cell or room

·        11:45 – Return to cell or room for inmate count and lunch

·        13:00 – Go to program, work or back to cell or room

·        16:30 – Return to cell or room for inmate count and then supper

·        18:00 – Go to recreation, cultural events, self-help groups, etc.

·        22:30 – Night inmate count

·        23:00 – Lock-up and lights out

Informal inmate counts also take place several times a day, without interrupting activities. During the night, Correctional Officers make regular rounds to ensure inmates are safe and in their cells or rooms, between lock-up and morning count.

Inmate Transfers

When an inmate is moved from one institution to another, it is called an inmate transfer. Inmate transfers happen for different reasons. Sometimes they happen because of a change in his/her security classification level, for easier access to programs, for court purposes, etc. The transfer can be within the same region, or to a new region. CSC also processes international transfers of inmates to and from Canada.

Case Preparation for Release

There are various forms of release to the community. Some release decisions are granted by the warden of the institution and others are based on decisions by the Parole Board of Canada. Releases include:

·        Temporary Absences

·        Work Releases

·        Day Parole

·        Full Parole

·        Statutory Release

·        Long-Term Supervision Order

Before being considered for release, the inmate must prepare a detailed release plan. This includes information about where he/she would like to be released, the support network he/ she has available, employment or education plans, as well as intended leisure activities.

Risk of re-offending is assessed and a strategy for the offender’s transition to the community is developed. The institutional Parole Officer and the community Parole Officer work together with the inmate to create a viable plan. After gathering the necessary information, the Parole Officer prepares the required documents. Either a positive or a negative recommendation is sent to the Parole Board of Canada for decisions under its authority.

In any inmate-related decision, CSC takes into account the protection of society, including any victims, as paramount for consideration.

Warrant Expiry Date

Federal offenders must be released, by law, at the end of their sentence – Warrant Expiry Date. This means, CSC and PBC no longer have the authority to impose release conditions or supervise them, except for offenders who are subject to a Long-Term Supervision Order (LTSO).

Still not focusing on the conversation here is what PRISONER STATED

I wake up at 4:55 a.m. each and every morning. Why? Well, in part because I can, because I have the freedom to choose at what time I’m going to start my day. This is not true of every day mind you, as many things can change an individual’s schedule or routine. That said, I get up that early because, when my door most often unlocks, at about 5:15 a.m., I don’t want to be in the cell where I’ve been for the last number of hours.

I most often choose to eat plain oatmeal with peanut butter, (unless it’s Sunday when the chow hall typically serves eggs, potatoes, and toast) because in part I don’t want to experience any more of the chow hall that I reasonably have to, and because I can afford to eat oatmeal (at $1.00 per pound) and peanut butter (at $2.15 per 16 oz. container) for breakfast.

Work starts at 6:00 a.m. and I count myself as extremely fortunate to have what we call an industries job. This is an eight hours a day, five days a week, job in the penitentiary’s industrial laundry. We process linen from the surrounding hospitals, colleges, institutions, etc. Between one million and one and a half million pounds of linen gets processed through our facility every month. I work in the maintenance department, which is responsible for keeping the equipment running smoothly, maintaining operation of the machinery, scheduling down time for repairs, etc. This job also pays exceedingly well (comparably speaking) as, instead of the average monthly income of around $45.00, I earn roughly $150.00 monthly. This has allowed me to maintain regular contact with family through phone calls at 0.16 per minute ($4.80 for a 30-minute phone call), purchase some items to make life more livable by supplementing the food provided from the chow hall with items from canteen/commissary, as well as pay off my restitution and court fees over the last 17 years of roughly $15,000.00 so that, should I one day regain an opportunity to live in the community, I’ll be able to start that life without monetary debt.

During the evening hours I try to write letters, read, call family and friends, maybe attend a function or fundraiser if I’m fortunate enough be involved in something of that nature.

Typically I’ll have lunch around noon, which most often gets eaten in that place I’d rather not frequent, the chow hall. Our menu rotates every three months (by seasons) with few exceptions, and while that isn’t horrible for a couple of years, when you start passing decades by, it gets redundant and the desire to consume food outside of what gets offered day in and day out grows. I’ve come to think of what I eat as simply fuel.

Between 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock I’m off work and might try to get outside for some sunshine if I’m lucky enough, maybe some exercise, jog around the track or just walk some laps with someone who I need to catch up with for however long. Otherwise it’s reading, studying for work and educational purposes, etc.

Dinner is around 5 p.m., that same chow hall that I’d most often rather not go to, however I don’t want to suggest that the food is so bad that we can’t eat it because that’s not the case. Many here are well overweight; it’s simply the choices those individuals choose to make in how and what they consume, what level of activity they participate in — whether due to their abilities or basic drive — and what medical conditions may exist in their lives.

During the evening hours I try to write letters, read, call family and friends, maybe attend a function or fundraiser if I’m fortunate enough be involved in something of that nature, educational opportunities, youth outreach programs, etc. For many, however, it’s nothing more than watching TV or staring at a blank wall. Again, I’m fortunate, both in my personal agency and my outlook on life.

When I’m asked about what prison is like I offer that it is an extremely lonely place, where every moment of every day is dictated for you, and where there’s tremendous opportunities for self-reflection. In the movies, on TV, and through media coverage, you see individuals that get swept up into the justice system and there’s this emphasis on the crime, the trial, entry into prison … then there’s a few portrayed scenes of prison, walking the yard with the tough guys, pumping iron, watching your back in the shower room, etc., and lastly this great experience of being released from prison, back to spending time with family and friends, BBQs in the summertime, and so on and so forth. It’s all very event orientated, without the day-to-day experiences put on display. In part that’s because you can’t show the day-to-day loneliness, the feelings of exclusion, the feelings of shame and cowardice that accompany an individual’s incarceration. The realization that we’ve not only victimized our actual victims through whatever offense/s we’ve committed, but we’ve additionally victimized our own families, the community, society as a whole, our friends and loved ones, everyone that we come in contact with. The courts, lawyers, judges, prosecutors, juries, corrections officers, police, detectives … and the list goes on and on.

So what do I hope to get across here? For starters, we as prisoners are human beings, individuals who have failed society for whatever reasons and though no excuse relieves us from our poor life decisions, without hope and help to be better people, without redemption, society is all but lost in its entirety through our bad behaviors. In a discussion group with college students not long ago, after describing some of the opportunities available here in the penitentiary in which I reside, one student asked me if we, as prisoners, deserved such opportunities. I paused before answering that society needs us to have such opportunities, because if we do not come out of prison with more skills and a more productive mindset then we came in with, we are destined to once again fail.

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