Inside the Parole Board of Canada, what it was like to be a member
The men and women of the Correctional Service of Canada, charged with securing, shepherding, with saving (many) of the broken people populating our country’s prisons, stand on the front lines of society’s punitive and rehabilitative efforts, an often under-appreciated service.
A law-abiding person encountering prison subculture and its denizens is certain of one thing: every prisoner they meet is a convicted offender. So, on the face of it, determining whether someone has earned the right to parole seems simple. They’re the bad guys. You’re not. It’s their case to make if they want out. In truth, it’s nowhere near that artless, Lubomyr Luciuk.
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