Department of Justice


Offender Programming & Case Management


Offender Programming

Our goal is to engage and support offenders to change their behaviour and become law-abiding citizens.

Our approach includes:

  • Programming that is proven to reduce criminal behaviour, support accountability, motivation, reconnection with culture and community
  • Targeted services to med/high-risk and med/high-needs offenders
  • Productive use of offenders time through work and programming
  • Staff supervision, role modeling, leadership based on respectful and effective direction, communication, intervention and support
  • Reflection of First Nation cultures, practices and spirituality and involvement of Elders
  • Programs designed specifically for male and female offenders
  • Involvement of community and community based-resources in programming and reintegration

Evidence-Based Programming to Address Criminal Behaviour

  • The Changing Offending Behaviour/Cognitive Skills Program targets antisocial thoughts and cognitive skills deficits by using a behavioural approach including modeling, rehearsing and rewarding. The program is based on Interactive journaling: a structured and experiential writing process that motivates and guides individuals towards positive life change.
  • Respectful Relationships teaches low to medium risk offenders self-management and problem-solving skills to reduce their potential for violence in a relationship.
  • Relationship Violence Prevention teaches medium to high risk offenders self-management and problem-solving skills to reduce their potential for violence in a relationship.
  • Violence Prevention Program helps offenders identify precursors and patterns that lead to violent behaviour, identify triggers and high-risk situations, design a self-management plan and examine the impact of violence on themselves and others.
  • Substance Abuse Management addresses the spiritual, social, biological and psychological aspects of addiction. It helps offenders develop practical strategies to reduce the negative consequences of substance abuse.
  • Sexual Offenders Treatment and Maintenance Programs are National programs that manage the offender’s risk of re-offending. The treatment component is provided by psychologists/counsellors while the maintenance portion is provided by case managers/probation officers.
  • Emotions Management for Women promotes self-awareness, motivation, empathy and social skills. It addresses cognitive distortions, thinking errors and deals with anger management.

Life Skills and Job Readiness Programs

Yukon College has a campus at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre where they deliver basic upgrading courses, industrial training certificates, and culture based courses.

  • Educational upgrading
  • Level one First Aid
  • Industry Safety
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • Resume writing
  • Food Safe
  • Financial Management
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Changing Paths: Life Skills – For Female Offenders

The Justice Wellness Centre provides:

  • Addictions counseling
  • Employment, education and skills development
  • Talking Circles
  • Recreational programs and leisure area for clients

Work Programs

Work programs at the Correctional Centre provide inmates with opportunities to engage in positive and constructive activities, while gaining practical job skills that may assist with their reintegration into the community upon release from custody. Sentenced inmates are required to work and remanded inmates may volunteer for work programs. Inmates who work are paid a daily wage of $1.50 to $6.50.

  • Outside work crew (minimum-security, low-risk inmates) have worked on projects such as Habitat for Humanity, renovations to Angel’s Nest Youth Shelter, Mae Bachur Animal Shelter, building sand and toy boxes for the Kwanlin Dun Daycare, donation boxes for the food bank, trail markers for Yukon Quest, a log house in Carcross and information kiosks for Parks Canada as well as cleaning up local parks, trails, the community garden and Kilshoot Island.
  • Inside work crew work in the kitchen, laundry, admissions area and as cleaning crews.
  • Provides spiritual support through multi-faith services and counselling


  • Provides spiritual support through multi-faith services and counselling

Medical Care

The Correctional Centre has a well-equipped medical unit and four full time nurses.

  • Nursing care is available 16 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • A physician attends the Centre weekly to see inmates referred by nursing staff
  • A public health nurse attends twice a week to see self-referred clients
  • On-site emergency dental services are available
  • A local optometry practice provides optical care to inmates as needed

Mental Health

  • Psychologist on contract for psychological, cognitive functioning and mental health assessments, brief counselling, and consultations with case managers and probation officers
  • Counsellors from Offender Supervision and Services work with clients at the correctional centre and on community supervision
  • Referrals for psychiatric services are made through the Correctional Centre’s physician
  • A psychiatrist attends the Correctional Centre weekly