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...]

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...]

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...]

Getting old in jail…

July 20, 2018 Globe and Mail – Sandra Martin Even behind bars, aging prisoners deserve proper health care Martin says that 25% of federal inmates are aged 50 or more and most of them serving lengthy sentences.   She also suggests that health … [Read more...]

More women in jail…

May 23, 2018  (Ed note: The last edition of communiqué contained a reference and commentary on the Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS) of Ottawa.  Some of the MOMS involved in the discussions around the plan to rebuild the Ottawa Carleton … [Read more...]

More than prisons…

April 23, 2018 Political Options - Yafet Tewelde A youth justice system that’s more than courts and prisons Tewelde acknowledges a limited support for a broad based community support agenda for confronting youth crime but he is also complaining … [Read more...]

Charity in need…

April 20, 2018 CBC News – Dean Beeby Charities 'worried' after meeting with Morneau on 'political activity' law - Environmental charities press Morneau to implement changes to law restricting political activities As part of their election … [Read more...]

Mr. Big…

Mar 16, 2018 The Tyee (BC) – Kate Puddister Canadian Police Need to Rethink the Mr. Big Method - Used in the Tina Fontaine case, undercover approach to obtaining criminal confessions risks integrity of police investigations. The accused in the … [Read more...]

Compassion

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...]

Mandatory minimums…

May 8, 2017 National Newswatch – Joanna Smith, Canadian Press Mandatory minimum changes one part of planned overhaul of justice system Critics have been wondering about the delays involved in setting aside the mandatory minimum sentences held … [Read more...]