However, staff and partners also noted that barriers exist in the types of information that can be shared, and that these barriers impact the ability of community partners to respond adequately and timely to the needs of offenders. [...] Under contract with CSC, non-governmental organizations such as the John Howard Society of Canada and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, provide a variety of services to offenders in the community, including housing, programming and counselling, all of which are part of individualised community intervention strategies targeting the criminogenic needs of offenders in the community [...] Section 4 (b) of the CCRA (1992) mandates “that the Service enhances its effectiveness and openness through the timely exchange of relevant information with victims, offenders and other components of the criminal justice system and through communication about its correctional policies and programs to victims, offenders and the public.”. [...] The CCRA (1992) requires that CSC ensure the safe reintegration of offenders into the community upon release and that the principles that shall guide the Service in achieving the maintenance of a just, peaceful and safe society include the involvement of members of the public in matters relating to the operations of the Service. [...] Chapters 1 and 2 of the Community 20 Corrections Evaluation have identified gaps in community services, namely the availability of non-CSC programs, and the availability of bed spaces in the community for particular groups of offenders.
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