Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson released Volume 2 of her 2016 report on Thursday.
One concern from the report is the rise in inmate levels at correctional facilities across Saskatchewan — mainly a spike in inmates on remand.
Ferguson says the Ministry of Justice needs to look at ways to rework the system and make it more sustainable.
“It’s not just an automatic solution of building more bricks and mortar — it’s pausing to make sure do they have it right?” said Ferguson. “Are they making sure that people are going into the right facilities? Do they need to go into facilities or is there another way to do things?”
Drew Wilby, spokesman for Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice’s Department of Policing and Corrections says they are looking at their options to reduce inmates on remand, including operating court rooms on the weekends and electronic monitoring.
“Night court is an option as well. Potentially looking at legal aid and other pieces, as well as looking at housing for inmates,” said Wilby.
Saskatchewan’s remand numbers sit at a little below 50 per cent of total inmates at correctional facilities across the province.
Ferguson would also like to see a review of ambulance services provide-wide.
The report shows issues with ambulance response times within the Cypress Regional Health Authority, but Ferguson says the problems can be seen throughout Saskatchewan.
“The end game for ambulance service providers is to make sure that in the case of an emergency that you are making those target response times,” said Ferguson.
She recommends contracts with ambulance service providers to include service quality expectations like response time targets.
There are also increased wait times when it comes to people receiving special needs equipment.
The report shows clients waiting more than four weeks to receive equipment in June 2016.
Ferguson suggests the Ministry of Health should work with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council to identify and recover equipment on loan that is no longer in use.
The full report can be found online.