Systemic racism…

Oct 15, 2019 CBC – David Thurton Canada is 'awash in systemic racism,' says Green Leader Elizabeth May - 'It's a hard answer because it makes people uncomfortable,' May says at foreign policy platform event Following the French language debate … [Read more...]

Election questions…

Oct 10, 2019  Canada can be on the cusp of a new way of understanding what justice requires What needs to change and why? Here are examples of why changes are needed in the criminal justice system: The criminal justice system is being … [Read more...]

Not so subtle racism…

Oct 7, 2019  Policy Options – Pamela Palmeter Justin Trudeau’s use of blackface shows racism isn’t just institutional, but also individual. Human beings have perpetuated anti-Indigenous racism. Here is a worthy reflection on the problem of … [Read more...]

Perverse justice…

Sept. 17, 2019 Toronto Star - Richard D. Schneider  (Excerpted from The Death of A Butterfly) I’m a judge in mental health court. It’s perverse that criminal courts are the main providers of mental health care Who better – other than … [Read more...]

Renewed light for tired problems

Sept 12. 2019 (Ed note: Smart Justice Network Canada (SJNC) has been working quietly for a new vision of criminal justice in Canada and has outlined what that new vision would propose.  We offer the perspective for election reflection / … [Read more...]

Money in jail…

Sept 5, 2019 The Guardian (UK) – Richard Davies From pecan pralines to ‘dots’ as currency: how the prison economy works From the Guardian’s long reads, this article introduces a convicted murderer’s career as a “prison journalist,” … [Read more...]

Our better angels…

Aug 31, 2019  ABC News (US) - Meghan Keneally Man who spent 36 years in prison for stealing $50 from a bakery is now set to be freed  History is not a kind teacher nor do lessons from history prompt us strongly enough to recognize and fix … [Read more...]

Demanding more for justice…

Aug 27, 2019 Arizona Capitol Times - Laetitia Hua Arizona deserves more from its criminal justice system The author is a lawyer and candidate in the Miss Arizona contest who has experienced the European flavour of justice and draws attention to … [Read more...]

Prisons and US Justice…

Aug 24, 2019  The Appeal.com (US) How Warren and Sanders would overhaul the criminal system  https://mailchi.mp/theappeal/daily-appeal-347111?e=5540d3cc3d US Presidential candidates spell out justice reform platforms Medium.com - Elizabeth … [Read more...]

Policing…

Aug 21, 2019    VERA Institute for Justice (US) - S. Rebecca Neusteter, Ram Subramanian, Jennifer Trone, Mawia Khogali, and Cindy Reed Gatekeepers: The Role of Police in Ending Mass Incarceration The reform of the US justice system and the … [Read more...]