Correcting ‘Corrections’ with ‘Correction Facilities’


Yukon (OIC 2022/198)

On December 1, 2022 the Commissioner in Executive Council ordered, pursuant to the Corrections Act and the Victims of Crime Act, amendments to the Corrections Regulation and the Victims’ Rights Regulation.

In the Corrections Act the term “corrections” is replaced with “correction facilities” in: Part 4 Community Corrections Section 10 Programs and Services, Division 1 Correctional Centres Section 14 Duties of person in charge, Section 23.04 Contraband and trespassing offences, Division 3 Inmate Trust Fund, Absences, Employment and Remission Section 33 Work programs, Division 4 Inspection and Investigation Section 39 Contempt proceeding for uncooperative person, Section 41 Immunity protection, and Section 42 Offence of obstructing inspections or investigations.

In the Victims of Crime Act the term “Director of Corrections” is repealed and replaced with “director of correction facilities” in Part 1 Interpretation under Section 1 Definitions, and in Part 2 VIctims’ Bill of Rights Section 7 Right to have needs, concerns and diversity considered.

The Whitehorse Correctional Centre (WCC) is multi-level correctional facility for adults from across the Yukon on remand and those who have been sentenced to jail terms of less than two years. It opened in March 2012, using a direct supervision inmate management model. It is a modern “Generation Three” style correctional facility.

“Indirect” supervision is defined as the method of supervising inmates whereby correctional officers monitor inmate living areas from enclosed posts. “Direct” supervision places correctional officers right in the living unit where they are required to have continuous, direct personal interaction with inmates.

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