Federally Sentenced Women

There are over 500 federally sentenced women offenders incarcerated in the five multilevel regional women's facilities and one Aboriginal Healing Lodge. Approximately 550 women offenders are under some form of community release supervision. In the last ten years, the number of women admitted to federal jurisdiction has increased by almost 40%. Women offenders now account for close to 5% of the total offender population. It is a growing and increasingly complex and diverse population.

Fully one-third of the incarcerated women offender population is Aboriginal - First Nations, Métis or Inuit. Between 2001-2002 and 2011-2012 the Aboriginal women inmate population has increased by 109%. In fact, Aboriginal women represent the fastest growing offender category under federal jurisdiction.

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Issues of Concern

  • Programming for federally sentenced women
  • Impacts of crowding at the regional women's facilities
  • Management of 'high needs' women offenders
  • Self-injurious behaviour in women offenders
  • Profile of federally sentenced women
  • Governance and accountability of women's corrections
  • Classification of women offenders

Reports & Recommendations

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