Government Authorities: The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MSCS) is responsible for correctional institutions that house men, women and youth who are detained (on remand) awaiting trial, those sentenced to less than 2 years, as well as immigration detainees. The MCSCS is also responsible for parole, including supervision of people released into the community on conditions, and for police services, including crime reduction.
The Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) is responsible for the provincial justice system including courts and bail.
MOMS Advocacy Focus: Action & collaboration to improve conditions at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC); to reduce numbers of men & women in detention; to increase diversion of vulnerable people who do not belong in jail into treatment in the community; and to ensure a new Corrections Act is passed and results in meaningful reform of Ontario corrections.
MOMS Ottawa is outraged by the news that Community Advisory Boards (CABs) for all Ontario correctional institutions have been disbanded as of June 4, 2021.
MOMS has been a stakeholder in Corrections for over a decade. Our essential function, as a strictly volunteer group, is to give support to women who have criminalized family members, liaise with other stakeholders in corrections and advocate for improvements in the criminal justice system.
Please read the following letter we have sent to the office of the Solicitor General. If you wish to support us in this matter, please send the template letter below to both Sylvia Jones and Premier Ford at the following email addresses: