The top priority of Saskatchewan's custody services is to ensure the health and safety of offenders and staff in our province's corrections facilities. We are working in close partnership with the Provincial Health Officer and health professionals to put practices in place that will maintain the safety and security of our facilities during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Visits to our provincial facilities by the public are currently restricted as a measure to help prevent the introduction or spread of COVID-19 within the correctional system. For the safety of everyone in our facilities, barring exceptional circumstances, all personal and professional visits are currently suspended.
The top priority of Saskatchewan's Community Corrections services is to ensure the health and safety of clients and staff in our province's Community Corrections offices.
Effective March 13, 2020, Community Corrections offices posted notice that clients are no longer required to report to the Community Corrections offices. This is anticipated to be a temporary measure to respond to COVID-19 concerns. Furthermore, Community Corrections employees will not be attending other communities or locations to meet with clients. All contact is now being managed without any direct interaction. This involves utilizing reporting by telephone as the primary method of providing supervision and maintaining contact.
Signage has been placed on all public entrance doors of Community Corrections offices to advise of the temporary closures and to instruct reporting clients to call the office for further instruction.
The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is responsible for overseeing Saskatchewan's correctional system and facilities, and for providing guidance and support to Saskatchewan's municipal police services. The ministry also works closely with the RCMP to support law enforcement activity in rural Saskatchewan.
The Custody, Supervision and Rehabilitation Services Division administers the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which deals with youth ages 12 to 17 who break federal laws, and The Correctional Services Act, which applies to all adult offenders that fall under provincial jurisdiction. The division provides for varying levels of offender care, control and supervision, and designs and provides programs aimed at reducing re-offending and improving the ability of offenders to reintegrate into their communities.
The Policing and Community Safety Division is mandated to help keep communities safe and maintain public order and safety in Saskatchewan by ensuring that effective policing and private security programs uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of individuals.