Today I received part of my original access to information request from Corrections Canada (CSC), asking for the number of sex offenders in Community Correctional Centers (CCC) on stat release, with residency conditions. The answer from Corrections Canada, based on a snap shot taken on October 6, 2013 is 25 %. That represents one in four inmates in CCC are sex offenders.
Let’s look at why they are released to a CCC on residency condition. The answer is simple, it is because they are too volatile to be released without conditions. Doesn’t sound like the neighbor anyone wants, now does it. Also remember that none of these sex offenders are cured so they still require structure and supervision; so why hurriedly place society at risk by releasing them back into community contact before warrant expire. Consider this, when you lose your license for impaired driving for one year, the system does not give it back to you after 2/3 of your sentence. Are we in society not correct to assume that when a sex offender is removed off the street for a time period imposed by a court, that they will not be back on the street till that time is served? Are victims and society not owed this, I think so. So what the rush? Remember they have committed one of the most despicable crimes, so why give them any breaks to get out soon.
A CCC is not really a prison. While they fall under the authority of the Correctional Service of Canada, they are just a glorified hotel staffed on the evening shift and mornings by non-CSC uniform staff. As you might not know inmates in these places are even allowed to keep cars or motorcycles on the premise if they own them or buy them. Not sounding much like a prison is it.
Victims and society are owed better than this. Sex offenders committed the crime and they need to pay what society asks of them. Zero tolerance for despicable crimes. Let’s keep sex offenders in no less than a medium security prison. We owe it to the victims and vulnerable members of society