Name of group/agency   are outraged by the news that Community Advisory Boards (CABs) for all Ontario correctional institutions have been disbanded as of June 4, 2021.

The Solicitor General’s discarding of the CABs serves to eliminate a layer of transparency and accountability that is essential to inmates, their families and the communities they represent.

CABs were appointed as volunteers from the local community and they have had access to inspect and tour institutions, with access to inmates and staff alike on a 24/7 basis. Families were able to contact CAB with concerns for the safety of their loved ones inside. In addition, the CAB met with superintendents monthly to discuss and resolve issues. Inmates were able to request a visit from the CAB. The CAB also presented annual reports to the Minister.

We, name of group/agency, request that the government rescind the decision to disband the CABS in Ontario Corrections.