Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime supports amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act coming into force
OTTAWA (Ontario), June 13, 2012 – Sue O'Sullivan, Canada's Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, announced her support for the amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), which came into force today.
These amendments enhance information provided to victims and increase offender accountability. They include:
- enshrining in law the right of victims to read statements at conditional release hearings;
- sharing information with victims about offenders' participation in correctional programming and any convictions for serious disciplinary offences while incarcerated; and
- the inclusion of restitution for victims as part of offenders' correctional plans.
"While there is still much more to be done and further changes to be made in order to truly address a wider scope of victims' needs and concerns in Canada, these measures are a positive step forward. They respond to some of the needs that victims of crime have communicated to our Office," said Ms. O'Sullivan.
These amendments respond in part to some recommendations made by the Ombudsman in her most recent special report, Shifting the Conversation: a Look at Refocusing Canada's Justice System to Better Meet the Needs of Victims of Crime.
The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims to address their needs, promotes their interests and makes recommendations to the federal government on issues that negatively impact victims.