b"CanadaCanadDeborah RichardsonDeputy Solicitor General (Correctional Services), Ontario, CanadaViceministra (Servicios Correccionales), Ontario, CanadMaking a strategic investment to give a big step forward in modernisationUna inversin estratgica para dar un gran paso adelante en la modernizacinJT: During these almost two years as Deputy Solicitor General, whatJT: Durante estos casi dos aos como viceministra, cules han sido have been your main priorities? sus principales prioridades?DR: From a high level, my Ministrys priorities fall into three categories:DR: Desde un punto de vista general, las prioridades de mi Ministerio first and foremost is supporting frontline workers; second is beingse dividen en tres categoras: en primer lugar, apoyar a los trabajadores responsive to court decisions and legal obligations (specifically aroundde primera lnea; en segundo lugar, responder a las decisiones de los conditions of confinement and also around mental health services andtribunales y a las obligaciones legales (en concreto, en relacin con las supports for inmates); and, third, working smarter. Over the last year,condiciones de reclusin y tambin con los servicios de salud mental y el weve also focused on managing through the COVID-19 pandemic.apoyo a los reclusos); y, en tercer lugar, trabajar de forma ms inteligente. These categories might seem fairly broad, but we have a lot we want toDurante el ltimo ao tambin nos hemos centrado en gestionar la pandemia achieve across the system.de la COVID-19. Estas categoras pueden parecer bastante amplias, pero Central to everything we do is our frontline stafftheyre the backbonequeremos lograr muchas cosas en todo el sistema. of our system. We have thousands of staff across a geographically andEl centro de todo lo que hacemos es nuestro personal de primera lnea: demographically diverse province, working in a wide range of facilities.son la columna vertebral de nuestro sistema. Contamos con miles de As a Ministry, we feel that to understand the best next steps in our systemsempleados en una provincia geogrfica y demogrficamente diversa, que evolution, its essential to understand our staffs realities and needs.trabaja en una amplia gama de instalaciones.Como Ministerio, creemos que para comprender los mejores pasos que hay que seguir en la evolucin de nuestro sistema, es importante entender I visited almost all of the 25 institutions in thelas realidades y necesidades de nuestro personal. province, visited probation and parole offices and did three twelve-hour job shadows with correctional visitcasitodaslas25 officers to deepen my understanding of what ourPersonalmente, staff experience day to day.instituciones de la provincia, visit oficinas de libertad condicional y vigilada y tambin hice tres Our Minister, Sylvia Jones, and senior leaders have made similar visits.sesiones de trabajo de doce horas con funcionarios Its focused our thinking and helped empower us to be powerful advocatesde prisiones para profundizar mi comprensin de la for significant new resources for corrections. A lot of the initiatives wereexperiencia diaria de nuestro personal. discussing here today came about because of those visits. Within frontline supports, one category we have been focusing on isNuestra Ministra, Sylvia Jones, y altos dirigentes han realizado visitas recognizing and promoting the mental wellness of staff.similares. Ha centrado nuestro pensamiento y nos ha ayudado a Correctional Services staff have a challenging job that makes them moreempoderarnos para convertirnos en grandes defensores de nuevos recursos susceptible to operational stress injuries. We've rolled out different supports,significativos para los servicios correccionales. Muchas de las iniciativas both clinical and non-clinical, to address a range of needs. These include anque estamos debatiendo hoy aqu surgieron gracias a esas visitas. internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy pilot project and an upcomingDentro de los apoyos de primera lnea, una categora en la que nos hemos peer support program for all staff, the latter of which will also extend tocentrado es el reconocimiento y la promocin del bienestar mental del retirees and those on leave and who may be experiencing distress of anypersonal. El personal de servicios penitenciarios tiene un trabajo desafiante kind. A lot of these initiatives we've been able to develop jointly with ourque los hace ms susceptibles a sufrir traumatismos por estrs ocupacional. staffs bargaining agent (union), which has been very productive. Hemos implementado diferentes soportes, tanto clnicos como no clnicos, Wellness extends to working in a safe, anti-racist environment and wevepara abordar una serie de necesidades. Estos incluyen un proyecto piloto been supporting our front line with that too. Weve recently developedde terapia cognitivo-conductual basado en Internet y un prximo programa an anti-racism action plan with staff, affinity groups and the bargainingde apoyo entre homlogos para todo el personal, que tambin se ampliar a agent. Our goals within the plan address issues affecting our workforcelos jubilados y a los que estn de baja y que pueden estar experimentando and those that affect the people in provincial custody. Our employeesalgn tipo de angustia. Muchas de estas iniciativas las hemos podido should all feel comfortable and safe in bringing their whole selves to work.desarrollar juntamente con el sindicato, lo que ha sido muy productivo. As an employer, we feel our staff should reflect the overall labor market and those we oversee. Were fostering equity and opportunity. As a leader,El bienestar se extiende al trabajo en un entorno seguro y antirracista, Ive worked to ensure our senior management team is diverse and reflectivey hemos estado apoyando a nuestra primera lnea con eso tambin. of the society we serve.Recientemente hemos desarrollado un plan de accin contra el racismo, Within the justice system, sadly, there is a significant over-representationcon personal, grupos de afinidad y el agente negociador. Nuestras metas of Indigenous people and Black people. It is imperative to look atdentro del plan abordan los problemas que afectan a nuestra plantilla, as all our operationsfrom the basics onfrom an anti-racism lens.como los que afectan a las personas bajo custodia. Semester / Semestre 12021JUSTICE TRENDS // 8 1"