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What is a Correctional Plan?

A Correctional Plan is a document that evaluates the offender’s level of need in seven key areas and identifies if and how these areas contributed to the offender’s criminal behaviour.

A Correctional Plan also contains objectives the offender is expected to achieve while serving their sentence and programs they need to participate in. The plan is reviewed and ratings are adjusted as needed throughout the sentence to reflect the offender’s progress and whether the offender is meeting the objectives.

What is a Correctional Plan Progress Report and when will victims receive them?

On June 1, 2016, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) was changed to allow CSC to give registered victims information about offenders’ Correctional Plans and their progress toward meeting the objectives of the plans.  This type of information is now listed with the other types of information that you can receive under section 26 of the CCRA.     

A Correctional Plan Progress Report (CPPR) contains the most current information about the offender.  A CPPR is sent to the victim harmed by the offender when specific events occur in the offender’s sentence, if there is new information to report.  Victims must ask to receive CPPRs by contacting their Victim Services Officer to make the request, even if they have indicated this as a type of information they are interested to receive via the Victims Portal. Victim Services Officers can explain to victims how and when CSC can make these reports available and can discuss how often victims would like to receive these reports. For example, there may be times when victims wish to receive an updated CPPR, when particular decisions in the offender’s case are being considered or before a scheduled parole hearing. 

How is a Correctional Plan created?

When an offender comes into custody of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), they undergo a process to gather information about their criminal and social history. This includes information from the courts and police. They also go through specialized testing about their education, substance abuse, and other factors that may have contributed to their criminal behaviour. Once this information has been gathered, CSC evaluates the offenders’ level of need in the following seven key areas:

  • Education/Employment — level of education, vocational training, and employment history
  • Marital/Family — history of relationships, family abuse, positive family relations, parenting
  • Associates — friends involved in crime and/or gang activity; access to a pro-social network
  • Substance Abuse — history of drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Community Functioning — ability to manage finances/housing, leisure activities
  • Personal/Emotional Orientation — anger management, coping skills, sexual deviance, impulsivity, empathy
  • Attitude — respect for the criminal justice system, respect for other people’s property, degree to which their believe system supports the use of violence

Is a Correctional Plan created for every offender?

A Correctional Plan is created for all offenders in CSC custody serving sentences of two years or more.

Can I request a copy of the Correctional Plan for the offender(s) I am registered against?

You may request a report containing information about the Correctional Plan dating back to the beginning of the offender’s sentence and about the offender’s progress toward meeting the objectives of the plan. You may also request reports updating the information about the offender’s progress since the last report.

A guide to explain the terms and processes referred to in these reports will also be provided to you. This guide will help you understand the information in the reports, the process of correctional planning and reporting, and how this information is used in making decisions about managing the offender’s case, both while in custody and once on release in the community.

How do I request a copy of a Correctional Plan report?

You can request copies of an offender's Correctional Plan report on the Request Offender Updates page of your Victims Portal account.

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