Proposed Regulatory Amendments to Strengthen Ontario's Corrections System
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Ministry of Correctional Services Act, 1990
Summary of Proposal:
The ministry is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 778 under the Ministry of Correctional Services Act that are intended to reduce the use of segregation and mitigate harm for individuals in conditions of segregation, while ensuring the safety and security of institutions. The ministry is also considering changes to allow for a more progressive discipline and misconduct model and require training on human rights and systemic racism as well as de-escalation and use of force.
The ministry is considering amending Regulation 778 to include a 15-day limit (currently in place through policy) on consecutive days in administrative segregation in regulation and to introduce independent reviews of disciplinary segregation conducted by ministry staff outside the institution. Additional provisions aim to formalize in regulation current operational practices and introduce new requirements to further reduce the use of segregation and reduce harm from placement in segregation conditions.
2. Discipline and Misconduct of Persons in Custody
The ministry is considering amending Regulation 778 to improve how it addresses violations of institutional rules by those in custody (misconduct) and determines disciplinary measures (sanctions); reduce the use of segregation as a disciplinary measure; and improve safety and security of institutions.
3. Mandatory Training
The ministry is considering amending Regulation 778 to require mandatory training on human rights and systemic racism, as well as de-escalation and the use of force. Training will ensure staff are equipped with the necessary tools and strategies to effectively carry out their duties and respond to the needs of diverse populations of the corrections system.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed amendments are not expected to impose any administrative costs on regulated entities.
April 23, 2021
Comments Due Date:
June 4, 2021
Strategic Policy and Research Branch
Ministry of the Solicitor General
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