MOMS know…

Nov 12, 2017  The Use of Ion Mobility Spectrometer by Corrections Canada Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS) is a small Ottawa group – membership is about 60 - tackling the giant of the prison system.  The Ion scanner is used by CSC to vet … [Read more...]

Reconciliation is harder…

Nov 9, 2017 Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives – Senator Murray Sinclair The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder. The link is a 50 minute and powerful speech by Sinclair celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the CCPA BC office.  The … [Read more...]

Indigenous Law…

Nov 7, 2017 Dalhousie University Schulich Law School (NS) – Janet Doucet New Aboriginal and Indigenous law course fosters ‘eye‑opening’ experiential learning In response to Article 28 of the Recommendations from the Truth and … [Read more...]

US bail and remand…

Nov 2, 2017 (Ed Note:  This past week the communiqué has experienced a hardware glitch that ultimately required an extensive amount of revision of the lists of recipients.  We had a problem with some recipients getting more than one copy of the … [Read more...]

Bail now…

Oct 31, 2017 Ministry of the Attorney General (ON) – Ontario Unveils New Bail Directive to Reduce Pre-Trial Custody -  Province Making the Criminal Justice System Faster and Fairer The Ontario government has just released a new approach to bail … [Read more...]

Trauma training…

Oct. 28, 2017 Policy Options – Elizabeth Sheehy and Simon Lapierre The Jordan decision’s impact on cases of violence against women The Jordan decision was a clarification by the Supreme Court of Canada about what constitutes unreasonable delay … [Read more...]

Prison Health…

Oct. 26, 2017 Pew Charitable Trust (US) Prison Health Care Costs and Quality - How and why states strive for high-performing systems The Pew Foundation and VERA Institute for Justice together have produced this report looking at the data derived … [Read more...]

Appallingly clever…

Oct 24, 2017 iPolitics – Marty Patriquin The niqab law is appalling. It's also clever, amoral politics. Bill C-62 in Quebec denies public service on the basis of a covered face requesting the service.  It has given voice to repeated assertions … [Read more...]

Love is reconciliation

Oct 23, 2017 Indigenous advocate Cindy Blackstock raises the bar for Canadians and pays tribute to Gord Downie: May he forever sing and dance among the stars reminding us all that love is reconciliation.  John Howard Society of Ontario Record … [Read more...]

Childhood trauma and prison…

Oct 18, 2017 PBS / N.Y. Times (US) – Audra D.S. Burch A Gun to His Head as a Child. In Prison as an Adult. Increasingly researchers are insisting that childhood trauma is not only concomitant with adult imprisonment but is more pointedly the … [Read more...]