Source: (2000) Ottawa: Strategic Planning and Integrated Justice Directorate, Corrections Directorate, Correctional Service of Canada. Downloaded 19 January 2005.

As with most everything in modern life, the field of corrections does not stand still but changes over time. This document represents the Correctional Service of Canada’s attempt to look ahead and anticipate significant changes, to the extend that can be done, in order to plan for them and to operate appropriately in terms of policies and practices. Some of those anticipated changes include legislative revision, the demographics of the general population, shifting crime patterns, composition of the incarcerated population, health and behavioral characteristics of that population, new technologies and new concepts of governance and service delivery, and evolving public attitudes towards criminal justice issues. More specifically, the major topics covered in the document are these: crime reporting and the incarceration rate; drugs; initiatives for legislative change; technological advances; offender health; risk assessment; privatization; organized crime; victims; international tribunals; community corrections; and restorative justice. To a significant degree, the aim of the document is to stimulate discussion on the implications these trends may pose for the Correctional Service and other federal departments in Canada.