Topic: Radicalization & Violent Extremism in Prisons
Delegate Name: Cheyenne Panek
Although Canada realizes that our prison system is flawed. Considering Canada has had a rapid increase of murders and prison staff abuse within the last 3 years. With 60% of prison guards being subject to physical violence and our homicide rate being 20 times higher than Toronto. We have slowly started to transition to lower security prisons for more “non threatening” prisoners. Lowering the supervision of these prisoners has caused our rehabilitation rate to increase so Canada thinks we can work together to make a change.
Canada poses the following questions to the committee: “What standards does the UN system need to implement to identify radicalization and violence within prison systems?” “In what ways can countries train people in prisons (guards, wardens, support staff) to acknowledge when there is such extreme violence and radicalization going on?” “How do we implement standardized training that can be transferred from nation to nation if prison workers move to other countries?”
Canada and many other countries have already established many foundations and programs to help make the transition back into society easier. Specifically, these programs include: Friends of Returning Citizens, Prison Entrepreneurship Program, Community Bridge Fact Team, Delancey Street Foundation, Safer Foundation and The Last Mile. Many of these programs have been very useful in helping but Canada recognizes that these programs do not help everyone and there will always be one problem — money. What Canada proposes is that we not only create a worldwide program that is globally funded by anyone who can but also rewrite how we deal with prisons and prisoners. Make it like a place to keep the bad people contained and away from people they could harm and rehabilitate them. Make it more humane those people may be criminals but they are still humans.
Work Cited: https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/houses-of-hate-how-canadas-prison-system-is-broken/