In December 2007, the Correctional Service of Canada released a policy paper by a panel appointed by the Minister of Public Safety of the day, who was at that time Stockwell Day. The title of this policy paper was A Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety. The report has been embraced by the Conservative Government and the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and touted as the script for a “transformation” agenda for Canadian federal corrections.
Until the recent release of A Flawed Compass: A Human Rights Analysis of the Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety, authored by Lawyer Michael Jackson and former director of the John Howard Society, Graham Stewart, there had been little if any public debate on the 109 recommendations in this report.
The Panel’s “Roadmap”, is said to be organized around strengthening five key areas that the Panel considered, would enable CSC greater safety for Canadians. These areas in the Roadmap are Offender Accountability, Eliminating Drugs from Prison, Employability and Employment, Physical Infrastructure, and Eliminating Statutory Release; Moving to Earned parole. In the following is an interview with Graham Stewart.