Reducing Reoffending

BC Corrections offers programs and interventions to help address the many needs individuals under supervision face today, such as:

  • Mental illness
  • Substance use
  • Low literacy
  • Limited social skills
  • Learned thinking patterns that support a criminal lifestyle
  • Limited employability skills

Individuals sentenced to either community or custody have access to many BC Corrections programs and interventions that target what led to their behaviour and help them make changes in their lives.   


They include:

  • Cognitive behavioural programs for individuals in custody and the community.
  • Interventions that use a trauma-informed approach and target the thinking patterns that lead individuals to commit crime.
  • Essential Skills to Success modules that help individuals develop employability and life skills, enhance their response to behaviour change programs, and support their pro-social engagement while under supervision. The modules include:
    • Healthy relationships
    • Substance use education
    • Employability skills
    • Living skills
  • Right Living Communities established in all 10 of B.C.’s custody centres, modeled on the success of an innovative therapeutic community at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre called Guthrie House
  • Individuals in custody centres have access to various educational and vocational courses and programs to give them a foundation of skills to help them transition back into their communities.
  • Integrated Transitional and Release Planning, offered to medium and high-risk individuals in custody who are motivated to change as they integrate back into the community.

Probation officers in B.C. are trained to use evidence-based skills and tools to help individuals alter their attitudes towards offending behaviours.

BC Corrections refines and expands the programs it makes available through continuous research and testing.