Justice and Corrections

Using Simulation to Engage Police in Learning about Mental Illness: The Impact of Realism on the Learning Process (2009)

This document describes a study undertaken to evaluate the impact of using simulation to educate police officers about mental illness and about how to respond effectively to common critical incidents involving mentally ill persons. The study involved focus groups, surveys, and a scale that measures opinions about mental illness.

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2014-05-12

Changing Perceptions: Teaching Literacy in Correctional Facilities (2013)

This document is part of Stories from the Field, a research project designed to identify the principles and practices that best support literacy learning and teaching.

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2014-01-17

CORCAN's Offender Employability Skills Project: The Civilizing Power of Skills (2000)

CORCAN, an agency within the Correctional Service of Canada, is rehabilitating offenders by developing their employability skills.

Offenders generally lack the generic skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to find and keep a job when they re-enter society. CORCAN’s Offender Employability Skills Project addresses that problem by helping offenders prepare for employment as part of their rehabilitation.

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2013-10-10

Hope Behind Bars [Video – 7:18] (2010)

In this video, young men from the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre in British Columbia use hip hop music to help them tell their stories, and share their hopes for the future.

The video is one of two created during a four-day literacy program. In collaboration with filmmakers from the non-profit Reel Youth organization, the young men produced the music beats, wrote the lyrics, and filmed the videos.

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2013-07-30

Ignite My Flame [Video – 4:54] (2010)

This is one of two videos created by young people at the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre in British Columbia as part of a four-day literacy program.

The young people teamed up with filmmakers from Reel Youth, a non-profit program that helps people and organizations create and distribute films about issues they care about. They produced the music beats, wrote the lyrics, and filmed the videos.

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2013-07-24

Bringing Social Impact Bonds to New York City (2012)

Presentation at the Fall Institute 2012, Saint John, NB – October 14 – 16, 2012

This presentation offers an overview of a City of New York program aimed at reducing the rate of reoffending among young prison inmates, and funded through an investment vehicle called a social impact bond, which encourages private-sector funding for promising social programs.

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2013-01-08

Critical Crossroads: Youth, Criminal Justice and Literacy - Final report (2012)

This document summarizes the proceedings and recommendations of a national forum that brought together experts in education, social services, and the justice system to encourage action on the issue of literacy for youth in conflict with the law. Teachers, politicians, police, parole officers, students, community workers, and volunteers attended conferences held concurrently in cities around Canada on June 5, 2012.

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2013-01-04

Justice – Fact Sheet (2012)

This fact sheet is one of a series prepared by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) to address a variety of literacy-related topics.

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2013-01-02

Critical Crossroads: Youth, Criminal Justice and Literacy Literature Review (2012)

This literature review provides a demographic snapshot of literacy challenges for youth in conflict with the law in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It also includes a review of available literacy programming and research on the intersection of youth, justice and literacy in those three countries.

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2012-06-27

Critical Crossroads: Youth, Criminal Justice and Literacy Discussion Paper (2012)

The goal of this paper is to encourage critical discussion and future planning for effective and measurable literacy programming for youth in conflict with the law in Canada.

The authors note that literacy is critical to both the reduction and prevention of criminal involvement for young people, and describe their paper as a call to action for coordinated services and programming for youth, before, during or after incarceration.

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2012-06-22

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