Stronger Police Oversight in 2017

The provincial government says that this year, programs, legislation and policies were introduced to support the justice system in this province. This included the introduction of the Sexual Assault Response Pilot Project, legislation to establish a Serious Incident Response Team, a new progressive policy regarding Disciplinary Segregation in correctional facilities, and the Minister’s Committee on Violence Against Women and Girls.

In 2017, Justice Summits were held in St. John’s and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, bringing together key players in the criminal justice system. The summits identified issues and determined possible solutions to improve the criminal justice system. The outcomes of discussions at the summits will inform policies pursued by the Department of Justice and Public Safety going forward in addition to facilitating further constructive dialogue within the justice system in the future. Justice Summits will be held in central and western Newfoundland in 2018.