She-devil – mad, bad, or sad…

Oct. 15, 2018 Manchester Guardian Long Read (UK): Helena Kennedy The myth of the she-devil: why we judge female criminals more harshly In the light of the current controversy over the decision to allow Terri-Lynn McClintic to pursue healing … [Read more...]

RJ coming of age?

Mar 26, 2018 Department of Justice: (March 2018)   A Report on Provincial and Territorial Stakeholder Consultations What we heard - Transforming Canada's criminal justice system While not yet the policy of the federal government, this report … [Read more...]

A beginning?

Feb 16, 2018 CBC News – John Paul Tasker Trudeau promises new legal framework for Indigenous people - 'We need to get to a place where Indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny,' PM says Though short on detail, Trudeau is … [Read more...]

Justice reform…

Jan 31, 2018 Toronto Star – Daniel Brown and Michael Lacy Trudeau government is falling short on justice reform Anticipating the strategy for the next federal election, some think the Liberals will offer promises made, promises delivered.  … [Read more...]

Big data, big brother…

Jan 3, 2018   CBC News – Brett Ruskin Canadian government to search social media using artificial intelligence to predict suicides - Feds to hire company with patented method to identify online trends and predict real-life events This latest … [Read more...]

In Portugal…

Dec. 8, 2017 The Guardian (UK) - Susana Ferreira Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it? The opioid crisis is full blown throughout North America.  We are confused about what to do; we have an anti-drug … [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...]

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...]

Right at home…

Sept 21, 2017 Homelesshub.ca – A Way Home Canada and Canadian Observatory on Homelessness - Stephen Gaetz; Erin Dej; Tim Richter; Melanie Redman A Policy Brief – The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016 Many in advocacy for social justice are … [Read more...]