Haley House – A Dignity Enabling Home Environment for the Aging Inmate Population

Canada is currently faced with a crisis of care in federal correctional facilities as more inmates are aged 50 or older than ever before. Common health concerns in institutions include heart and lung issues, cancer, diabetes, dementia and neurological disorders. In addition, many inmates also suffer from mental health issues that may worsen overall health outcomes while incarcerated.  Most federal correction institutions cannot meet the demands for medical care posed by the aging offender population. Haley House addresses this significant gap in services by offering services that assist older and ailing federal inmates with support at end of life while maintaining the safety and security of the community. Our goal is to ensure that the aging inmate population receives consistent medical care in a safe, secure facility. In order to reside at Haley House, offenders go through a lengthy vetting process that includes being assessed by the CAT (Community Assessment Team). The CAT includes representatives from community stakeholders including police, parole and health services, and assesses each referral based on our ability to manage both their needs and the risk they pose to the community. Most importantly, Haley House provides an aging population with the opportunity to die with dignity in a facility that respects the security of its residents and the safety of the greater Peterborough community.

Ensuring Public Safety

Since first beginning its work in 2007, Peterborough Reintegration Services (PRS, formally Peterborough Community Chaplaincy) has been committed to making Peterborough a safer place for all residents. Residents at Haley House are supervised twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Our skilled staff come from a variety of backgrounds including social work, community justice and law. Haley House also has a casework manager on site between 7am and 3pm, Monday through Friday. Our Casework Manager is responsible for developing re-integration action plans with each client that reflect conditions placed on our clients by parole, while providing one on one support when necessary.

If staff discover that any client has breached a condition of their parole they are immediately reported to their Parole Officer. If the parole officer is not available, the client is reported to Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) National Monitoring System. PCC has maintained an impressive track record regarding public safety that is the result of its ability to foster positive working relationships with various justice organizations including CSC and the Peterborough Police.

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