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Howard Sapers, Canada's prison watchdog, speaks to reporters in Ottawa

10/08/2014 03:37 EDT | Updated 12/08/2014 05:59 EST
Howard Sapers, the federal correctional investigator, is addressing the media in Ottawa Wednesday afternoon

CBCNews.ca is carrying the event live starting at 3:45 p.m. ET.

Sapers quietly tabled his 2013-14 annual report today. It includes a special focus on "barriers to safe and timely reintegration of offenders" in a separate report entitled Overcoming Barriers to Reintegration: An Investigation of Federal Community Correctional Centres.

"Offender rehabilitation and community reintegration is extremely complex and challenging work. It's work that begins at the point of admission to federal custody," Sapers said at his press conference.

"I believe that the 16 recommendations presented in my annual report will help achieve these purposes."

In his annual report to Parliament last year, Sapers detailed concerns about conditions of confinement, access to health care and programs, as well as issues specific to mentally ill inmates, aboriginal offenders and federally sentenced women and other issues.

More to come