Joint Committee on Community Corrections
Maintaining safe communities depends on dialogue and collaboration—locally, regionally and nationally. FCM engages in discussions with municipal governments on correctional issues that affect community safety.
The Joint Committee on Community Corrections is a partnership between FCM, Correctional Service of Canada, the Parole Board of Canada and Public Safety Canada. Created in 1993, the committee aims to improve and preserve the quality of life for Canadians. In support of community safety and crime prevention, this partnership enhances participants' appreciation of the role of municipalities in helping to support the safe reintegration of offenders.
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the court. CSC is responsible for managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders under conditional release in the community. The transition from incarceration to freedom can be difficult. Offenders have a better chance of success if they receive supervision, opportunities, training and support within the community.
Community corrections relates to the work of gradually releasing offenders, ensuring that they do not present a threat to anyone, and helping them adjust life beyond institution walls. Community Corrections is a combination of three inter-related activities: supervision, programming, and community involvement.