How prisons hurt communities

Feb 11, 2017 AJ+ – Van Jones “If rich folks' kids get in trouble, they go to rehab. Poor folks' kids get in trouble, they go to prison.” Van Jones talks about how mass incarceration is hurting … [Read more...]

Humanizing Canada’s penal system

Feb 11, 2017 From CBC Ideas: The Enright Files In this radio piece, Michael Enright speaks with some remarkable people who serve prisoners and society, and takes a hard look at Canada's penal system, exploring ideas about how prisons can keep … [Read more...]

Bail reform … 

March 22, 2016 Toronto Star – Daniel Brown Time to overhaul Canada’s unjust bail system “I can no longer call it a court of law,” Julia Lauzon, an Ottawa Justice of the Peace, said. “Unfortunately, Ottawa's bailout court, and others, have devolved … [Read more...]

Media mergers …

February 24, 2016 Guardian (UK) Democracy warning as Canadian media outlets merge and papers close: Federal minister convenes talks as union calls for action over increasingly centralised ownership and publishers warn of threat to public interest … [Read more...]

State lawlessness …

February 22, 2016  Toronto Star – Joanna Smith Inquiry into missing aboriginal women must not ignore indigenous law, advocates say Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett wants to consider how and what parts of Indigenous law should and could … [Read more...]

Numbers …

February 18, 2016   CBC News – John Paul Tasker Confusion reigns over number of missing, murdered indigenous women - RCMP said 1,017 indigenous women were killed between 1980 and 2012, activists say it's closer to 4,000 The number of Indigenous … [Read more...]

New approaches …

February 12, 2016 CBC News – Marika Wheeler Unique mental health team in Quebec City treats psychotic patients at home Willing to make up to four house calls a day to the same patient, psychiatric nurse Alexandre Boisvert … [Read more...]

Lockdowns …

February 8, 2016 Toronto Star – Ann Dempsey Lockdowns "similar" to solitary, jail security official says - Toronto South Detention Centre security manager testifies that he knows of no policies limiting lockdowns in jails. There is increasing … [Read more...]

Calling for a new approach to justice!

Download the PDF Canada's current approach features an excessive reliance on incarceration and an insufficient emphasis on mental health, poverty, substance abuse, and the other underlying factors generating breakdowns in families and communities. … [Read more...]

Corrections and the political agenda in Canada: Toward an illuminated future or a walk in the darkness?

SJNC is pleased to feature a new article by seasoned correctional observer R. E. Bob Brown, who compares the criminal justice policies of the current Government of Canada with those in several European countries, the U.S. and a number of its states. … [Read more...]