Source: (2001) In Victim policies and criminal justice on the road to restorative justice: Essays in honour of Tony Peters, ed. E. Fattah and S. Parmentier, 99-114. With an introduction by E. Fattah and S. Parmentier. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.

According to Arlene Gaudreault, Canada is known as a leader in the development of initiatives on behalf of victims. Against this background, she reviews the evolution of legislation and policies in the Canadian correctional system with respect to the needs of victims of crime. She begins by examining the negative perception victims generally had of the correctional system (including conditional release and probation services). She then traces important changes in governmental perspectives and policies in the 1980s and 1990s with respect to the desires and needs of victims and the correctional service. Particular attention is given to the status and role of victims in the last decade in relation to 1992 legislation concerning the correctional system and conditional release.