The interim…

Jan 4, 2021

 (ED Note: Happy New Year to all.  Here is a collection, roughly by date, of note-worthy items during the holidays.  Regular newsletter back in next edition.)
Globe and Mail – Patrick White
Federal prisons flout law by keeping inmates in solitary conditions, government report says

Ottawa Citizen – Gary Dimock
‘Systemic failure’: Pattern of Ottawa officers delaying an accused’s right to counsel revealed in court

Toronto Star – Kieran Leavitt
Internet company becomes first in Canada to be convicted on child-pornography charges

N.Y. Times – Mason Trinca
How Cities Lost Control of Police Discipline – In the chaos of 1960s Detroit, a fledgling police union laid the groundwork for a system that, to this day, constrains discipline for officers accused of misconduct.

Yahoo News –
Penitentiary staff arrested in killing of Indigenous inmate in St. John’s    Related article: CBC News  –  10 correctional officers face criminal charges in death of Indigenous inmate in St. John’s – Jonathan Henoche, an Inuk man, was killed in St. John’s penitentiary last November

Humbolt Journal – Michael Bramadat-Willcock
Prisoner advocates call for intervention as Sask. Penitentiary COVID-19 outbreak grows

The Atlantic – Rowan Moore Gerety
An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind-In Eugene, Oregon, a successful crisis-response program has reduced the footprint of law enforcement—and maybe even the likelihood of police violence.

Globe and Mail – Ken Hansen and Angelo Caravaggio
The RCMP’s broken culture demands an educational reboot

The Intercept (US) – Liliana Segura
The Death Penalty’s Other Victims- In the shadow of Trump’s execution spree, the families of the condemned share a particular trauma that few can understand.

CBC News – Associated Press
British judge rejects U.S. request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – Judge says extradition would be ‘oppressive’ due to Assange’s mental health, U.S. says it will appeal

N.Y. Times – Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson and Raymond Santana
No One Should Go to Prison for a Crime They Didn’t Commit – Deceptive interrogations and false confessions are all too common. New York can stop them.