Punish or cure?

July 31, 2018 The Guardian (UK) - Samira Shackle Should we treat crime as something to be cured rather than punished? Shackle presents the most important question plaguing contemporary prison reform.  In the light of constant confrontation with … [Read more...]

Blind spots…

July 15, 2018 Policy Options: Parents in Prison: A public policy blind spot - Sophie de Saussure The criminal justice reform bill fails to address the social effects of a parent’s incarceration on children. Bill C-75 is the Liberal government … [Read more...]

More ‘big brother’…

June 22, 2018 The Guardian (UK) – Justin Ling Revealed: Canada uses massive US anti-terrorist database at borders Tuscan is the latest electronic device used to monitor travellers across the US-Canada border, provided by the US.  Tuscan is a … [Read more...]

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2018 From UNHCR: “They have faced the unimaginable. They have witnessed the unspeakable. Yet even in their darkest hour, millions of refugees all over the world continue to see the light, demonstrating strength, courage and a will to … [Read more...]

Quo vadis?

June 17, 2018  Canadian Lawyer – Michael Spratt Dear soon-to-be-premier Ontario has a new premier-elect and everyone is wondering about what policies he will embrace over a multitude of issues.  Spratt, a Criminal Defence Counsel who … [Read more...]

Zero homelessness…

June 11, 2018 New York Times (US) – David Bornstein A Growing Drive to Get Homelessness to Zero Nine US communities have reached “functional zero” around homeless veterans and chronically homeless persons.  Rockford, Illinois, is the first … [Read more...]

RJ’s potential…

May 7, 2018 Policy Options – Jennifer Llewellyn Restorative justice has more to offer than just diverting people from the criminal justice system. It’s a powerful way of thinking that can reshape justice. Llewellyn is a professor and a prime … [Read more...]

No illegal refugees…

April 9, 2018 Toronto Star - Jesse Beatson and Kylie Sier There’s nothing ‘illegal’ about asylum seekers - Amid a global refugee crisis, the misuse of the term ‘illegal’ carries a real cost. The editorial reminds us that asylum seekers … [Read more...]

Mental health and police deaths…

April 6, 2018 CBC News - Katie Nicholson, Jacques Marcoux Most Canadians killed in police encounters since 2000 had mental health or substance abuse issues - More than 460 people have died in encounters with police in Canada since 2000 The … [Read more...]


Dec 26, 2017 From Prison Reform Movement (US): And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Globe and Mail … [Read more...]