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Carleton professor named as correctional investigator of Canada

Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 1:46 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


An expert in domestic and international humans rights law in prison settings has been appointed as correctional investigator of Canada.

Ivan Zinger, an adjunct professor with the law department at Carleton University, has served as acting correctional investigator for the past year. Prior to that, he was executive director and general counsel for the Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada. Zinger has been a member of the public service of Canada since 1996, holding a number of senior management roles. 

He has published scholarly articles on a variety of subjects including prison oversight, ethics, dangerous offenders, correctional treatment, the diagnosis of psychopathy, conditional release, penal segregation and the impact of tough-on-crime measures on corrections.

Zinger has a doctorate in psychology of criminal conduct from Carleton and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. He did his clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada.

The Office of the Correctional Investigator is the ombudsman for federally sentenced offenders and offers independent oversight of the Correctional Service of Canada by providing accessible, impartial and timely investigation of individual and systemic concerns. 

Zinger’s appointment is for a five-year term.