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Prison watchdog Howard Sapers troubled by Canadian corrections

After more than a decade as Correctional Investigator of Canada, the federal government is showing prison watchdog, Howard Sapers, the door. He joins us today to tells us how treatment of federal offenders has changed, and why it's so worrisome.

Federal government shows Canada's prison watchdog the door

Canada's top prison watchdog, Howard Sapers, is moving on from his role as the Correctional Investigator of Canada -- but not by choice. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

Does prison hurt or help?  I'm part of the business that believes that what is done, should be helpful. - Howard Sapers

Federal government shows Canada's prison watchdog the door

The issues the Correctional Service of Canada is facing today, have received attention in large part thanks to Canada's top prison watchdog. That would be the Correctional Investigator of Canada., a job that Howard Sapers has held for more than a decade.

But it's a job he'll soon be leaving... and not by choice. The Conservative government will not be renewing Howard Sapers' appointment... marking the end of an era.

Howard Sapers has been an outspoken prison ombudsman, advocating for better access to mental health care, more resources for prisoners upon their release, and action on the over representation of Aboriginal Canadians in our prisons. All while pushing back against the impact of the conservative government's "tough on crime" agenda.

Howard Sapers joined us from Ottawa.

This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins.