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Inside the lives of young offenders

In an effort to spread awareness of corrections within the community, Alberta is observing its third annual Corrections Week.

In an effort to spread awareness of corrections within the community, Alberta is observing its third annual Corrections Week.

The event, which runs from Sept. 13 to 17, is an opportunity for the public to get a look inside the corrections process.

Yesterday’s walking tour of the Calgary Young Offenders Centre showcased centre representatives, as well as members of the Calgary Remand Centre and Calgary Community Conferencing, explaining the programs used to rehabilitate local offenders.

Young offenders are given daily progress reports to gauge the reintegration process and acclimate them back into real life, staff members say.

“When you think corrections, you think bad people in jail, and there’s so much more involved,” said Dawn Fraser, manager of the Calgary Youth Attendance Centre.

“We don’t just lock people up and throw away the key.”

 
 
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