The Red Bag Program, now called the Discharge from Court Protocol, was signed in 2010 as a Pilot Project for OCDC with Champlain East and with Renfrew County. These sealed, red envelopes are used to facilitate the transfer of special needs offenders’ belongings from Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre to their respective courts. Such belongings consist of the inmate’s wallet, identification, keys, medication and/or prescription. The ultimate purpose is to assist people 18 years or older with mental health disorders who are currently in custody to transition back into their community more successfully and to avoid further police, court and jail involvement.

Discharge from Court Protocol – Why the Need and What Was the Gap in Services – 2015-11-16