Jail suicides…

Nov 26, 2018 CBC News Coroner's inquest begins today into suicide of mentally ill man at OCDC A lot of prison issues coalesce when a coroner’s jury begins the process of examining why an inmate died in prison.  Cleve 'Cas' Geddes hanged himself … [Read more...]

E-carceration…

Nov 21, 2018  N.Y. Times – Michelle Alexander The Newest Jim Crow – Recent criminal justice reforms contain the seeds of a frightening system of “e-carceration.” Alexander, lawyer and author of the well-known New Jim Crowe, occasionally … [Read more...]

Children’s lives…

Nov 17, 2018 CBC News - Rhiannon Johnson 'We're talking about our children's lives here': Ontario cuts child and youth advocate The Ontario Conservative government has just announced that they are cutting three monitoring position thought critical … [Read more...]

US Midterm results…

Nov 15, 2018 Sentencing Project:  US Election impact State Criminal Justice Reform and the 2018 Midterms The link provides a summary of changes in criminal justice consequent to the US mid-term elections.  Striking among them is the Florida … [Read more...]

Prison for punishment?

Nov.12, 2018 Global News - Amanda Connolly Terri-Lynne McClintic back in prison, Rodney Stafford says McClintic was convicted of the murder of 8 year old Victoria Stafford, sentenced to life in prison and later transferred to a healing lodge … [Read more...]

Learning wisdom…

Nov 8, 2018 Toronto Star - Katie Daubs In her short life, little Abby inspired countless acts of kindness. Now even strangers are mourning her death This is a story that prompts the rest of us to pause from the ugliness and bitterness of political … [Read more...]

Insurance again…

Nov 1, 2018  Toronto Star – Robert Cribb Accident victims denied millions in benefits by insurers, lawsuits allege A lawsuit brought by a Canada Border Agency officer is likely to have ripple effect throughout the insurance industry and … [Read more...]

LGBT records…

Oct. 26, 2018 CBC News – Kathleen Harris Law permitting destruction of LGBT criminal records has seen low uptake so far - Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act came into force in June Four months ago the feds passed legislation … [Read more...]

Legal scam?

Oct 20, 2018 Toronto Star – Patricia Winsa Letters to shoplifters threaten legal action if hundreds in damages aren’t paid — even if the goods are recovered Here’s a move that lawyers say depends on fear, threat, and ignorance of the law: … [Read more...]

End of Solitary?

Oct 17, 2018  CBC News – Kathleen Harris Liberals move to end solitary confinement of federal prisoners Bill C-83 is now in draft form and Ralph Goodale is proposing structural intervention units instead of segregation units.  “Under the new … [Read more...]