Mary Campbell Receives the 2010 Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award

OTTAWA, December 8, 2010 – Today, Mr. Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada, is extremely proud to announce that Ms. Mary Campbell has been presented with the Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award.

The Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award was established in honour of Mr. Ed McIsaac, long-time Executive Director of the Office of the Correctional Investigator and strong promoter and defender of human rights in federal corrections. 

In presenting the Award, Mr. Sapers acknowledged Ms. Campbell's exemplary and prolific career of public service. In her current position as Director General, Corrections and Criminal Justice Directorate, Public Safety Canada, Ms. Campbell provides expert policy, program, legislative and research advice to support the Minister and Parliament. "For the past 25 years, Ms. Campbell has been at the forefront of legislative, criminal justice and sentencing policy reforms that have defined Canada's correctional system," said Mr. Sapers. "Mary has served Canadians with unsurpassed integrity, conviction and distinction. Her achievements in the field of social justice, academia and correctional law and policy reform have been nothing short of extraordinary."

A lawyer by training, Ms. Campbell has spearheaded or was a member of major reforms of federal correctional law and related criminal justice statutes including creation and amendment of the National Sex Offender Registry in 2004 and 2010, guidelines for Dangerous Offender designation and enactment of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act in 1992. Her publications in the areas of prisoners' legal rights, sentencing reform and case law are standard reading in criminology courses and law departments across Canada.

Upon his retirement, Mr. McIsaac was presented with a sculpture by Ms. Audrey Greyeyes, a Cree artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, entitled Medicine Man. The sculpture symbolizes wisdom, clarity of thought and leadership. Ms. Campbell will receive a reproduction of the Medicine Man sculpture, as well as a modest donation to a charity of her choice. This is the second time that the McIsaac Award has been presented since it was first established in December 2008. 

The Office of the Correctional Investigator is mandated by an Act of Parliament to be an independent Ombudsman for federal offenders. This work includes ensuring that systemic areas of concern are identified and brought to the attention of those responsible for the operations of our federal correctional system. Details on nomination procedures for the Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award are on the Office's Website at www.oci-bec.gc.ca.

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For more information contact:
Ivan Zinger, LL.B. Ph.D.
Executive Director and General Counsel
Office of the Correctional Investigator
Tel: (613) 990-2690
Ivan.Zinger@oci-bec.gc.ca