Part One ”What is it that the correctional service actually corrects? In my view very little...and the justice system is completely criminal and it should be studied”. So begins a provocative presentation by trauma and addiction treatment expert, Gabor Maté, M.D. at the Ting Forum on Addictions and Corrections. While working for two decades on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, Gabor saw how the purely medical model of addiction theory fails to take into account the effects of trauma and the biopsychosocial conditions of human beings as they live in relationship with others. He argues that current Canadian social and criminal policy exacerbate and entrench addiction, criminal behaviour and human suffering. He calls for social policy, medical training and criminal justice to become more fully aligned with the current science and understanding of addiction and healing.
Part Two Dr. Gabor Maté is joined by Ray Corrado (Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology), Tim Veresh (The John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland), and Sav Bains (The Correctional Service of Canada [CSC]), to continue the dialogue on addictions and corrections. Underlying the discussion of the treatment of addictions in the prison environment is an awareness that new and impending crime legislation will result in increased federal and provincial prison populations. (Copyright 2011 Heartspeak Productions)