"Building stronger and safer communities by assisting families affected by criminal behavior,
incarceration and community reintegration."

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Kingston ON    K7L 5S5
Telephone: 1-888-371-2326
Email: national@cfcn-rcafd.org Charity Registration #875428062RR0001

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Board of Directors of CFCN:

Debra Barriault (President), New Brunswick
Valerie Corcoran (Vice President), Newfoundland
Timothy Buehner (Secretary), Alberta
Linda Linn (Treasurer), British Columbia
Mary Radojcic, Ontario
Scott MacIssac, Prince Edward Island

CSC Chaplaincy Liaison with CFCN Board of Directors:
   Hugh Kirkegaard, Chaplaincy Branch, CSC

Executive Director:
   Louise Leonardi
   Email: national@cfcn-rcafd.org
   Toll free: 1-888-371-2326

Community Family Liaison Worker:
   Krista Poole

Ontario Visitor Resource Centres:
   Margaret Holland
   Tel: (613) 384-1530

Families affected by crime come from all situations. Canadian Families and Corrections Network would like to acknowledge those families who have been involved in the criminal justice system but were wrongly convicted.

On October 2nd, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) is launching their first “Wrongful Convictions Day” – an opportunity to unite with others to prevent and remedy wrongful convictions.

To give you some context around this event, we focus on AIDWYC’s work in the case of the Dalton family. Ron Dalton was in 1988 a husband, a father of three young children and a successful bank manager living in Gander, Newfoundland. On August 15, 1988 his wife, Brenda choked on a piece of cereal and Ron Dalton’s efforts to dislodge the piece of cereal were unsuccessful. He called an ambulance which rushed her to the hospital. In charge of the emergency room that evening was an inexperienced resident who slid a breathing tube into Brenda Dalton’s stomach instead of her lungs. She died. The local pathologist quickly determined that Brenda Dalton died from manual strangulation. Ron Dalton was charged with his wife’s murder and on December 15, 1989 was convicted of second degree murder. Fresh evidence was heard on December 5, 1997 and after years of delay, Mr. Dalton’s appeal was heard in January 1998, his conviction overturned and a new trial ordered. On June 24, 2000 Mr. Dalton was acquitted. He sits on the AIDWYC board to continue the fight on behalf of others wrongly convicted. We asked Alison Dalton, Ron’s daughter what it was like to be a family member of someone who was wrongly convicted:

“I’m angry for the loss of my father for 12 years. It is devastating to be the only kid in your class that looks out and doesn’t see their father at the Christmas concert. But it was the situation that we had to live through. We didn’t know the difference. It was one of those things that you just got up every day and you could stay home and cry about it or get up and live your life. My mother died 2 weeks before I started Grade 1. My father made it to my high school graduation by about an hour. While I got to visit with my father in prison it was never the same as being together in the privacy of our family, prison visits were always artificial moments of being watched by guards in a controlled setting unable to interact naturally. Those visits started when I was seven years old and continued until I was sixteen so I really didn't get to grow up around my Dad the way I wished it could have been. Although I was well cared for by other family members I was always aware of being different and knew the people raising me were not my parents, I never knew if my life would have been better or worse had I not lost my Mom one year and my Dad the next but I know it would have been different."

Alison Dalton
Please see all the event information and details for the October 2nd Wrongful Convictions Day here and come out to support families affected by crime who were wrongly convicted.
Families and Corrections Journal Vol 17 No 1 (Summer 2014) highlights the results of our Families as Direct Victims of Crime Research; Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted - 'Wrongful Conviction Day'; information around our new "Telling the Children" Resource; a Donation plea; and an article about Peer Support Groups and our new Guide in that area.

Families and Corrections Journal

CFCN is grateful for a generous donation from the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area (CFKA) to allow us to offer a new brochure entitled "Telling the Children - How to Talk to Children about a Loved One’s Incarceration". This resource was created to offer parents, caregivers and teachers information and support on how to explain incarceration to children.

New Brochure - Telling the Children


Having a loved one incarcerated can be a hardship. Being the direct victim of the crime for which they are serving their sentence is even more challenging. The family is a victim in many of our most serious crimes in Canada including murder, rape, child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. There is a focus on ‘stranger’ or ‘acquaintance’ crime while 'direct family-victims' are an unspoken reality. Thanks to Public Safety Canada funding, Canadian Families and Corrections Network has recently been able to complete some valuable research on the needs, characteristics and experiences of family-victims. Read the Final Evaluation of the project completed by CFCN and Dr. Stacey Hannem, Criminology Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Research Findings begin on Page 17 and Recommendations on Page 40.

Family-Victim Research Report

RESEARCH: National Family Orientation Project

Families and Corrections Journal Vol 16 No 1 (Summer 2013) highlights Jeffrey Goes to Jail and its recognition by the United Nations! It also contains the research results of our National Family Orientation Project, our last Annual General Meeting and many other valuable pieces of information.
AS you read, please consider a donation to CFCN to help support this newletter!

Families and Corrections Journal

Family-based reintegration: The 'original' circle of support and accountability

Families and Corrections Journal Vol 15 No 1 (Spring 2012) contains "Family-based reintegration" - a research report that analyses the Family Liaison Worker (FLW) model of reintegration support for women and their families and the Family Group Decision Making for Reintegration (FGDMR) model of reintegration support for men and their families.
Families and Corrections Journal

Incarcerated fathers: A descriptive analysis

Incarcerated Fathers

"Incarcerated fathers: A descriptive analysis" is a quantitative research paper by Lloyd Withers and Jean Folsom on a sample of incarcerated fathers in a Canadian federal correctional institution. The study looks at the pre-incarceration lifestyle of the fathers, their subsequent contact with their children during incarceration and intergenerational crime.

  • Resource material for families with children:

    Jeffrey's going to jail, but he didn't do anything wrong - he's going to a correctional facility to visit his incarcerated father.

    Jeffrey goes to jail

This storybook describes Jeffrey's experience with the metal detector, the ion scan, the drug dog, and finally being able to hug his father.

Canadian families affected by incarceration can request a free print copy by contacting CFCN at national@cfcn-rcafd.org

When you are the victim of a crime ...
and a family member is the offender.

'Stranger crime' happens, but crime happens all too frequently within a known or former relationship. The crime is against a family member: a spouse, a child, a sibling, a parent, a grandparent, another relative or a former spouse or partner. The victim knows the offender. The offence and its effects ripple through the entire family.

Canadian Families and Corrections Network knows from its work with families that the offender is much closer to home than anyone likes to talk about. CFCN also takes a wider view, that even if a family member is not the victim, the family is still harmed by the criminal behavior of the offender and its consequences on the family.

David Molzahn and Christina Guest

CFCN was interested in the kind of services that the Correctional Service of Canada's Victim Services could offer to family-victims. David Molzhan and Christina Guest agreed to discuss this topic. more ...

  • Resource material for family-victims:

    One Step at a Time

    One Step at a Time : Reshaping life following crime within the family.

Strategic Approach and Policy Document to Address the Needs of Families of Offenders: Safety - Respect and Dignity - For all

These policy recommendations on the families of adult offenders is a ground-breaking document based on an extensive public consultation process to form the policy recommendations to address quality of life needs of families affected by incarceration and reintegration.


Intake, Assessment and Early Incarceration: Family Orientation Coordinators
CFCN's Family Orientation Coordinator project provides an orientation on restorative justice to newcomers at federal Intake and Assessment Units. The 2.5 hour orientation describes how criminal behavior and incarceration harms the family and how the newcomer can reduce the harm to their family. Suggestions are given on how to write a restorative letter home, how to maintain a positive relationship with family, and how to nurture the parent-child bond.

At the orientation participant's request, CFCN mails orientation material and information on community resources to the family, including how the family can access further information and referral through CFCN's toll-free number. The family is therefore not financially disadvantaged by reaching out for assistance.
  • Resource material for families at Intake and Assessment:

    Time Together

    Time Together :A survival guide for families and friends visiting in Canadian federal prisons
During Incarceration: Visitor Resource Centres
The Visitor Resource Centre concept is based on restorative justice principles. Prison is not normal, but being a family is. The VRC volunteers assist to normalize the family relationship and parent-child bond during visiting without normalizing crime or incarceration. The VRCs meet the needs of adults and children visiting an incarcerated family member or friend by providing a safe, pleasant environment where all visitors are met with dignity and respect. CFCN has VRC's at Collins Bay, Bath, Joyceville and Warkworth Institutions. We are working on one for Grand Valley Institution for women.
  • Resource material for families during incarceration:

    One Day at a Time

    One Day at a Time :Writings by family members, for family members.

Family Group Decision-making for Reintegration (FGDMR) is a restorative practice that uses a family group conference to prepare a family-based reintegration plan. The family is mentored by a community mentoring team for up to one year, post release, ensuring a successful family and community reintegration plan.
Women and their families during reintegration
Women face very different family-related challenges during their incarceration, particularly around custody and access issues with their children. CFCN's Family Liaison Worker Project provides female offenders and their families the opportunity to establish Family Reintegration Action Plans as they deal with the challenges related to parenting, child custody, employment and other community reintegration issues.
  • Resource material for families during reintegration:

    A New Time

    A New Time is a resource toolkit developed specifically for federally sentenced women and their families as they prepare for reintegration into the family and the community.

Staying Involved

Staying Involved. A guide for incarcerated fathers.
The E-newsletter of CFCN, the Families and Corrections Journal, will keep you informed on the latest developments on the family and the corrections process. Subscription is free. Members of CFCN receive a hard copy version with their membership.

  • For a free subscription to the electronic version of the Families and Corrections Journal, please email CFCN at national@cfcn-rcafd.org with Subscribe in the subject line of your email.
  • Ion Scanner and the experience of visitors. This is a web-cast of a CKLN radio interview with CFCN's Executive Director, and an anonymous family member on the ion scanner and ion scan technology. The ion scanner is used to screen visitors for contraband when they visit in a federal correctional facility. Family members and visitors who have a 'positive hit' on the Ion Scanner go through a Threat Risk Assessment interview that may result in closed visits, in their visit being denied or in a physical search.

    Community Resources

    Searching for information on community organizations that can assist families? Please click here for CFCN's Directory of Resources for the Families of Adult Offenders. Toll free information for families affected by criminal behaviour, incarceration and family and community reintegration:

    For service in English, please dial : 1-888-371-2326
    For service in French, please dial : 1-877-875-1285


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