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...]

A stretch?

Oct 11, 2017 Globe and Mail – Liam Casey / The Canadian Press Manslaughter charges against alleged fentanyl dealers piling up across Canada Police forces across the country have begun, in an effort to stem deaths from overdoses of fentanyl, to … [Read more...]

Alternatives…

Sept 27, 2017 Fordham Law News (US) – John Pfaff A Better Approach to Violent Crime Pfaff begins his commentary with the frightful enumeration of the current mass incarceration circumstances.  The US imprisonment rate is 370% higher than the UK … [Read more...]

Too generous?

Sept 2, 2017  Angus Reid Institute Half of Canadians say their country is ‘too generous’ toward illegal border crossers This survey was prompted by the more than 7,000 claimants crossing the land border from the US into Canada.  Fears that … [Read more...]

New solitary rules…

May 24, 2017 Globe and Mail – Patrick White Canada’s prison agency closes in on new solitary confinement rules After repeated studies and recommendations, Corrections Canada appears ready to make some significant changes to the way solitary is … [Read more...]

PTSD in Prison…

May 12, 2017 CBC News - Angela MacIvor Number of prison workers suffering from PTSD much higher than official stats, union says - Approximately 1 in 20 employees at federal penitentiaries have been diagnosed with stress injuries Dorchester in New … [Read more...]

Prison spending…

Mar 7, 2017 Blogger Justin Piché - Associate Professor, Criminology, University of Ottawa Government of Canada promises alternatives to confinement, while funding carceral expansion Piché reminds us that shortly after the last election, … [Read more...]

AI and human rights…

Feb 23, 2017 Amnesty International Canada Report 2016-17:  The State of the World’s Human Rights The report is just over 400 pages and offers an update on the practice and violations of human rights throughout the world.  The index directs one … [Read more...]

800 delays…

Feb 16, 2017 Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Lawyers want to toss hundreds of criminal cases for unreasonable delays The push back from defence lawyers is starting to reveal the number of cases impacted by the Jordan decision around the appropriate … [Read more...]

Hats off for Dallaire…

Dec 23, 2016 Hill Times – Kate Malloy Dallaire’s on a mission and it’s not impossible Here’s a hope –filled note, one arising from a well-spring of intense suffering.  At 70, former Lieutenant General and Senator Romeo Dallaire is … [Read more...]