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don head commissioner of the correctional service of canada on journey to success radio

Don Head is the Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada. I interviewed him for Journey To Success Radio to talk about positive things that are happening in Canada's prison system.

We discussed:

1)      The realities of the correctional environment – It’s not like you see on TV.

2)      Corrections is about People – How we work to turn lives around, and reduce recidivism.

3)      Aboriginal Offenders – Healing Lodges, culturally specific programming; Pathways program

4)      Women Offenders – Holistic, supportive approaches to women’s specific rehabilitation needs

5)      Mental Health – What we do for offenders, and what we do for our own staff

6)      Canada on the world stage – how Canadian corrections is viewed internationally

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about don head

Don Head was appointed Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada on June 27, 2008.

Mr. Head began his federal public service career as a correctional officer in 1978 in the Pacific Region. He held various operational and managerial positions between 1978 and 1995, working in 4 federal penitentiaries, the Pacific Regional Headquarters, Ontario Regional Headquarters, and National Headquarters.

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In 1995, he joined the Yukon Justice Department as Superintendent of the Whitehorse Correctional Centre and then as the Director of Territorial Probation and Correctional Services. In 1998, he moved to the Saskatchewan Provincial Department of Corrections and Public Safety as Assistant Deputy Minister, responsible for their probation and correctional services.

In 2002, Mr. Head rejoined CSC as the Senior Deputy Commissioner, responsible for a number of key initiatives, including leading the CSC Transformation Team, established in spring 2008. He was also responsible for the Aboriginal Initiatives Directorate, the Incident Investigation Branch, the Information Management Services Branch, the Performance Assurance Sector, and the Management Structures and Deployment Standards initiative. 

Mr. Head has received numerous commendations and awards throughout his career including the Governor General's Corrections Exemplary Service Medal and Bar, and the Public Service Award of Excellence for Diversity and Employment Equity.

about the correctional service of canada

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the court. CSC is responsible for managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders under conditional release in the community.

Have you ever wondered what a federal institution looks like? The Correctional Service of Canada’s virtual tour lets you see beyond the fence. The tour consists of 360-degree panoramic views of various areas within an institution. You can tour:

  • a minimum, medium and maximum security cell and range
  • chapel
  • workshop
  • programs room
  • health care centre
  • and much, much more.