More than sentence…

April 4, 2020 Tracking the Politics of Criminalization and Punishment in Canada (TPCP Canada) - Souheil Benslimane and Justin Piché Open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Immigration, Refugees and … [Read more...]

Release now…

April 1, 2020 CTV News – Jim Bronskill, Canadian Press Consider releasing some inmates to stem COVID-19 in prisons, minister requests At the apparent urging of Minister Bill Blair, and the apparent support of Prime Minister Trudeau, Corrections … [Read more...]

Courage and Relief…

March 31, 2020 Toronto Star – Alex Boutilier Trudeau ‘very concerned’ that COVID-19 could spread in federal prisons Amid growing concerns about the vulnerability of Canada’s jails and prisons to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister … [Read more...]

Time bomb…

March 29, 2020 (Ed note:  The warnings about prisons as a time bomb have surfaced for some time already in the life of Covid-19.  Can anyone provide any analysis as to why the legal system is so inflexible that even at this stage there is only … [Read more...]

We are all vulnerable…

March 26, 2020  An open letter from - Quebec Carceral Lawyers Covid-19 in Quebec prisons There is no way to practice social distancing in prison, except for solitary confinement, which is a breach of human rights. This open letter from Quebec … [Read more...]

It’s in the jails…

March 24, 2020  Toronto Star – Jim Rankin Toronto South Detention Centre guard receiving care in hospital after COVID-19 test, jail on lockdown The jail is on lockdown until the results of a Covid-19 test on a male guard are available.  … [Read more...]

Terms…

March 20, 2020 (Ed Note: In a recently published work, Zach Norris (We keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just and Inclusive Communities: Beacon Press, Boston, Mass, 2020) offers two appropriate thoughts as a perspective of community safety.  One, … [Read more...]

What makes us safe?

March 17, 2020 – (Ed Note: No one can make light of the real suffering from the Coronavirus problem but the spreading Cofid-19 virus may also invite us to rethink what makes us safe. Perhaps because there is now self-interest for us all, … [Read more...]

Shelters…

Mar 10, 2020 CBC News - Tara Carman   Women, children turned away from shelters in Canada almost 19,000 times a month    Shelters in Canada are suffering drastic funding losses and the result is that when women and children are forced to flee … [Read more...]

Oversight…

March 4, 2020 OPCAT and Office of the Correctional Investigator (Corrections Canada) The Argument for External Oversight of Federal Prisons – The New OCI Annual Report The Correctional Investigator is again urging the adoption of external … [Read more...]