‘Undermining Public Safety’

Here’s a classic example of how RACE BASED LAW works to everyone’s detriment…ERBLUnderminingPublicSafety800x800

“Last Saturday night, Darrell Moosomin walked away from prison.

“Classified as a dangerous offender, the 54-year-old had been serving an indeterminate sentence in a minimum-security ‘First Nations’ Healing Lodge in central Alberta. Over the weekend, he was granted permission to attend a powwow ceremony under the supervision of an elder.

“He was reported missing at 8:45 p.m. that night…”

 {“According to parole documents, Moosomin’s past offences include several sexual assaults, holding a knife to a man’s neck and threatening to kill him, and beating another man so badly that one of his legs needed to be amputated.

“Court records show he also held a woman hostage, beat her with multiple objects and repeatedly raped her. He then suspended her from a rope until she lost consciousness, lifting her up at the last minute to save her life.”
http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/escaped-dangerous-offender-has-history-of-sexual-violence-in-sask }

“Originally from Mosquito Lake, Sask., Moosomin had been convicted for a range of violent crimes dating back to 1995, including sexual assault, aggravated assault and forcible confinement.

The ‘Pe Sakastew Centre’, the minimum-security facility where he had been serving his time, is one of nine such healing lodges located across the country, part of an attempt to reduce the ‘disproportionate’ {No, it’s not! It’s ‘representative’} and growing number of ‘First Nations’ people {criminals} serving prison time. Since it opened in 1997, it has sought to provide ‘culturally relevant’ and spiritual programming to its largely-aboriginal population, as well as the conventional mix of counselling and vocational training.

“The lodges incorporate ‘First Nations’ symbols and ‘culturally-inspired’ building structures, and offer some inmates their first real encounter with ‘First Nations’ culture and beliefs. They seek to foster a more respectful atmosphere between staff and inmates, and have been hailed by reformers as a useful tool in reintegrating a vulnerable population after prison. And they generally offer inmates more independence, less formal structure and fewer security measures {For a lifelong violent criminal?}.

Pe Sakastew Centre
Pe Sakastew Centre

“But healing lodges in general, and Pe Sakastew in particular, have been plagued by frequent and recurrent escapes, sometimes by dangerous offenders deemed a high risk to re-offend; while many escapees are recaptured peacefully, and some even return on their own, over the past two decades, escapees from Pe Sakastew have been involved in police standoffs, shootouts, a hostage taking and even a suicide.

“According to the ‘Correctional Service of Canada’ (CSC), 18 inmates have escaped ‘First Nations’ healing lodges over the past five years. Pe Sakastew, a 60-bed facility comprised of teepee-like chalets surrounded by a chain-link fence, has recorded 34 escapees since 1999.

“In 1999 Robert Cardinal, who had been serving time for raping and killing a 12-year-old girl, became the ninth prisoner in a year-and-a-half to flee the facility. He was arrested after a two-day manhunt.

“In 2001, two inmates were caught after they held a woman hostage at knifepoint and forced her to drive west. (One of the men in that case, Clifford Matthew Sleigh, was later convicted of murder, kidnapping and aggravated assault in connection with the death of a six-year-old who had been killed in 1992. He wracked up several convictions for sexually assaulting young girls before he was sentenced to life in prison.)

“In 2003, Pe Sakastew escapee Daniel Couterielle killed himself after a 30-hour standoff with police. That same year, in an incident with some similarities to Moosomin’s escape, a sex offender fled his escort while visiting a nearby round dance.

“An important part of preparing ‘indigenous’ offenders for reintegration from custody to the community is the transfer to Healing Lodges, where ‘indigenousi offenders have access to services and programs in an environment that incorporates aboriginal peoples’ traditions, beliefs, and practices”, wrote CSC spokeswoman Megan Hooper in a statement.

“Hooper added that public safety is paramount. Inmates deemed dangerous offenders are only “placed in a minimum-security institution if they have made significant progress in addressing the factors that led to their criminal behaviours, and are considered to be a manageable risk.”

“Asked about recidivism rates among former inmates released from healing lodges, Hooper responded

“This information is not readily available.” {!?!}

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“In 2013, a CSC backgrounder claimed that recidivism rates from those who had completed programs at three of the facilities were 6% — roughly half that of the national federal recidivism rate of 11%.

“However, other research contradicts those optimistic figures. A 2001 study found the recidivism rate for offenders who attended healing lodges was 19% — higher than the 13% registered for aboriginal offenders who were released from conventional minimum security facilities.

“Advocates pin these results directly on the government’s wavering commitment to the healing lodge model and a lack of financial support…

“Howard Sapers, the Correctional Investigator of Canada — an office independent of the CSC — acknowledges the quantifiable results of the healing lodges have been mixed.

“Some of that has to do with the science that was used and the evaluation strategies. Some of that has got to do with the timing of the studies … generally speaking, I think it’s safe to say that the studies demonstrate equal outcomes or better outcomes (with healing lodges),” said Sapers. “It’s very hard to compare (recidivism rates), and one of the benefits that is not typically measured is the benefits in terms of building or rebuilding capacity.”

{In other words, they don’t know…}

“However, even Sapers’ own research acknowledges that many ‘First Nations’ communities are reluctant to play host to dangerous offenders — particularly in facilities…that embrace a philosophy that gives convicts more physical freedom.

There are hesitations in communities, particularly if you’re dealing with people who have a history of violence coming back into their communities. That’s understandable {!},Sapers said. “The idea is to provide structures that support and manage that risk in the best way possible. At some point, (inmates) are going to be returning to a community somewhere anyway, so you have to develop strategies to manage that risk.”

“In the meantime, a Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Darrell Moosomin’s arrest.”

–‘Dangerous offender’s escape raises questions about security, effectiveness of healing lodges’
Jen Gerson, National Post, August 17, 2016


Photo: CBC
Photo: CBC

“Moosomin is described as aboriginal, standing 5 foot 9, 217 lbs. He also speaks with a lisp, has a scar slash on his throat and two tattoos, the number 11 on his right hand and a Playboy bunny on his upper back.

“Anyone who thinks they’ve seen him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Maskwacis RCMP at 780-585-4600.

“Tips can also be submitted anonymously through ‘Crime Stoppers’ online or by phone at 1-800-222-8477.”



RCMP locate and arrest dangerous offender Darrell Moosomin’:

Darrell Moosomin was arrested Sunday evening {Aug .21} after Killam RCMP received reports that a man matching Moosomin’s description was seen hitchhiking on Highway 13 just east of Daysland…

The Correctional Services of Canada said Moosomin, 54, is serving an indeterminate sentence for sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, failing to comply with a probation order, operating a motor vehicle while disqualified and obstruction of a police or peace officer…”


Maskwacis Police
Maskwacis Police

“A dangerous offender originally from Saskatchewan has escaped federal custody in Alberta. Darrell Moosomin, 54, was granted leave on Saturday to attend a powwow in Maskwacis, 100 kilometres south of Edmonton. He was escorted by an elder, who lost sight of him in the evening.

“RCMP have obtained a countrywide warrant for Moosomin’s arrest…

“The prisoner was serving an indeterminate sentence for several violent offences. He has convictions dating back to 1995 and was declared a dangerous offender in 2008. He has also served a sentence for escaping custody {!?!}

“RCMP say Moosomin has no known family or friends in the area where he escaped. It’s unknown where he might be headed… Anyone with information on Moosomin’s whereabouts is asked to contact police. RCMP have asked that the public not approach him.

–‘Dangerous offender given day leave to attend Alberta powwow eludes escort and escapes’,
Postmedia Network, August 15, 2016




“Darrell Peter Moosomin — the dangerous offender who escaped from a federal correctional facility in Alberta last weekend — has a history of horrendous crimes involving torture, in Saskatchewan…

“He was denied parole in 2010; parole documents showed he still posed a moderate to high risk for sexual recidivism and would need further sex offender maintenance programming. The Parole Board expressed concern about Moosomin’s “predatory actions” toward female correctional staff, especially considering his history of sexual violence.”

–‘Escaped dangerous offender has history of sexual violence in Sask.’,
Bre McAdam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, August 19, 2016


Okimaw Ohci Healing LodgeFrom another Healing Lodge:
“Employees at the penal institution ‘Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge’ repeatedly brought children to their workplace, threatening their safety and constituting “gross” mismanagement under the ‘Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act’, a report tabled in Parliament…shows…

“…about one-third of employees brought children to the penal institution…

Of the 39 inmates at the institution, 11 were sentenced or had been previously sentenced for crimes involving children, and some inmates had specific conditions imposed on them to not be near children.”

–‘Federal penal institution put staffers’ kids in ‘danger’: report’,
Janice Dickson, iPolitics, February 4th, 2016

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