Ivan Zinger

Correctional Investigator of Canada
Office of the Correctional Investigator


9:10 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Canada: A Case Study in Finding the Right Balance between Security and Rehabilitation

Drawing on the demographics of the inmate population, the Correctional Investigator of Canada will trace the social architecture of imprisonment showing how its purpose and design have evolved and changed over time.  Like the penal colony, some of Canada’s oldest penitentiaries pre-date Confederation.  Various crisis and reform periods throughout the 20th century moved the penitentiary from a place of hard labour and corporal punishment to a safe and humane environment where the deprivation of liberty does not mean the total forfeiture of human dignity. This session will discuss:

  • The balance between supporting and assisting offender rehabilitation while serving overriding public safety objectives. 
  • Contemporary prison design features, services and programs that help offenders to make a successful transition from prison to the community.

10:30 AM How a Prison’s Environmental Design Shapes Recidivism

This workshop is ideal for candidates who want to reduce levels of inmate recidivism as prison directors, re-development project managers, or corrective Services officers. The workshop will examine prison design features and how they influence correctional outcomes. 

By Attending this Workshop Participants Will:
  • Understand security and control features of the modern prison: use of force, security classification, dynamic security
  • Discuss how administrative segregation (solitary confinement) influences offender behaviour and outcomes 
  • Receive case studies in mental health (self-injurious, suicidal, complex needs), deaths in custody and Indigenous corrections