– Correctional Reform Coalition (CRC): SLSC is a member of the CRC, which is made up of agencies and private individuals engaged in provincial correctional issues in Ontario.
– National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ):SLSC is a member of NAACJ, an organization that’s goal is to enhance and improve the capacity of member organizations to contribute to a just, fair, equitable and effective justice system. For more information on the other organizations who are involved in the criminal justice sector nationally, see:
– National Youth Justice Network (NYJN):The NYJN provides a forum to strengthen youth-centered justice services in Canada through interagency collaboration, discussion of common issues, advocacy, and sharing information on best/promising practices and research.
Since November 2017, SLSC has been pleased to be a part of the Coalition on Reforming Segregation in Ontario’s Correctional Institutions (the Coalition) along with other community stakeholders that are concerned with supporting the health and well-being of people who are incarcerated by promoting mental health, health equity and restorative justice. The Coalition is working to call attention to the damaging practice of segregation and to the immediate reforms needed to mitigate associated harms across provincial correctional facilities for incarcerated persons. Most recently, its members engaged with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) to discuss Bill 6: Correctional Services and Reintegration Act, 2018. The link above is to a letter sent from the Coalition to the representatives from MCSCS who met with the coalition provides more details of the work of the Coalition, and thanks to the representatives for the opportunity to consult and engage on this important issue. Further, the Coalition prepared a ‘Key Messages’ document as part of our consultation efforts, which is also included above.
In February 2019,Senator Kim Pate introduced legislation to remove barriers that punish and exacerbate obstacles for those who have completed their sentences and are working to successfully integrate into the community. See links below for more information regarding Bill S-258: