IMPORTANT:    if you have a situation that you feel is URGENT (where a canadian federal inmate that you know has related to you that they are subjected to incidents which to them are cruel and unusual or inhumane or degrading), a situation where corrections officials don't appear to want to investigate or even admit may actually exist (which is most obvious by relentless denial and repeated justification by corrections officials of ongoing actions towards an inmate or prisoner), please feel free to contact Human Rights Watch by email at :

or visit their contact page by clicking on the following link

or you might want to call them directly and then send a follow up fax or letter to the appropriate investigator :

350 Fifth Avenue,   34th floor
New York,    NY 10118-3299   USA
Tel: (212) 290-4700    Fax: (212) 736-1300
One example of a "JURISPRUDENCE"
Communication to and from Privileged Correspondants
Correctional Services Canada is ordered to permit communications between any inmate and any Privileged Correspondant without requiring the inmate to open his privileged correspondence, or show its contents, in the presence of any institutional staff, unless such staff can show and state to him or to an objective third party reasonable and probable grounds for believing that his privileged correspondence contains something which jeopardizes the Institution's security or the safety of any person.     (check  out  the link  below )
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This page was last updated on February 21, 2011
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Welcome to the Canadian Federal Prisoners' Inmate Right's  page.

This page (when completely finished) will be by far the most important page of them all.    Here you will find information on how to assist a family member  or loved one who is serving time under the jurisdiction of the Correctional Service of Canada and The National Parole Board of Canada, as well being affected by other key individuals / agencies in the system .

Many resources will be listed here and if used correctly, you will be amazed at the results you will achieve .   Remember however, trying to assist any Canadian Federal Inmate in a difficult situation, is time consuming and a heartysome task (to say the least).   In dealing with the government you will find that results are not quick to come and more often than not, most people abandon the cause without actually achieving what they wanted.
If you are one of those exceptional people (Canada is somehow full of them !!!) who believe in "conviction" and "what is right", good for you !!
My only advice to you is follow your heart and trust in your higher power for guidance and support, as there will be times when you will tested !!!

Remember, Corrections in Canada is BIG BUSINESS, and any push for change will be met with quite a bit of resistance . . . . . from almost everyone who depends on it for security (income, job, etc...).  

What are Inmate Right's ?

The simpliest way to describe Inmate Right's is . . . 

The present state of "what is acceptable and not acceptable" in relation to events, situations and conditions which have been exposed to society (which more often than not have gone on behind the closed doors of prisons) which have forced the policy makers to make (Commissioners Directives, Standard Operating Practices, guidelines, principles, Regulations & Statutes / the Act) things which attempt to portray how an incarcerated person is (supposed to be, according to the Law) treated with respect to all  aspects of how their sentence is ADMINISTERED" .  This said, Canada can have as many LAWS as needed to silence Human Rights critics; the truth of the matter is however that if no-one respects them, then they are useless and of no effect, SIMPLE.

In the same breath, incarceration has come a long way from the days when inmates in Canadian Penitentiaries were beaten with leather straps while tied up.   Due to this, today inmate right's are more closely related to what is lawfully acceptable or unaccpetable.  In general though, one can pretty well comprehend all this if when they think of inmates' right's . . . they simply think of "specific requirements that must be met before one can be affected by a specific condition or situation".    

In fact, before an inmate can be affected by, or subjected to, a certain rule, regulation or condition; specific (prerequisites) must be met before the rule, regulation or condition is applied.    In most cases, when these prerequisites  are not met, the act of applying the rule, regulation or condotion towards an inmate is considered unlawful and could be quashed by a court of competent jurisdiction (meaning that the party who applied the rule or regulation did so without lawful authority, or in other words, did so illegally), which might give the inmate the right to acquire relief (some kind of compensation) to render justice in the given circumstances.

Can you think of any Canadian Federal Agency which could actually carry on in such a manner (committing illegal acts) without any type of corrective action being implemented by the Federal Justice Minister ?    THINK HARD !

Normally, when someone commits a CRIME (illegal act), they are dealt with according to the law.   Canada has a long standing reputation as being in the forefront regarding respect and enforcement of Human Rights Issues (at least on Paper) .   Why are we permitting ourselves to lose our dignity and reputation as a result of the way we treat our Federal Prisoners' ?  (see  the  prisoner stories page for examples of this !)    Why can't we simply oust (and bring before justice if necessary) the people responsible ?   Are we afraid of what horrible stories they might tell the public about the hidden system ?  
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Canadian  Federal  Inmates' and their Families'

Q: How do I learn more about the ESSENTIALS of INMATES' RIGHT'S?

A:Read  the (CCRA) Corrections and Conditional Release Act very carefully as these very important articles of law apply to all federal offenders, correctional staff and anything to do with Corrections Canada;

Part I - Institutional and Community Corrections deals with issues which affect an inmate from the time he/she is admitted into the system, until their Warrant Expiry Date (WED); and

Part II - Conditional Release, Detention and Long-Term Supervision deals with inmates who might be subjected to any type of Conditional Release, Detention/ Long-Term Supervision or simple parole.   The most popular situation is that of parole as it exists in many different forms.  If parole is an issue, you must read this section in order to ensure the entire process is within the limits of procedural fairness.  Any action taken which affects any inmate MUST be done so in a manner respecting procedural fairness and the principles of Natural Justice;  THIS WILL NEVER CHANGE!!!!

Part III - Correctional Investigator deals with the Office of the Correctional Investigator Canada, etc ... (Good Luck here......- you'll need it!!!

DON'T  FORGET : Reading the CCRA (above) is not enough; you must also read the Corrections and Conditional Release Act Regulations and review them also, as most of the different subjects which are mentioned in the Act , are also mentioned) in the Regulations. In fact, the regulations state how the Act must be lawfully applied !

The Act might say that "a prisoner's cell must be painted every 5 years".

OK, but what part of the cell MUST be painted and which colors can be used?   The Regulations would then go further by stating:
"The colors to be used when painting a cell MUST be white, offwhite or a bright color - excluding black".

The regulations give limits / etc... this to what the law says MUST occur.  : - )
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