Side-by-side…

Feb. 5, 2018 MacLean’s – Anthony M. Davis Where criminology students study side-by-side with prisoners Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) (BC) has been engaged in a novel approach to corrections since 2011 called Inside-Out Prisoner … [Read more...]

Absurdly punitive…

May 16, 2016  Toronto Star – Editorial (May 13, 2016) Undo Harper’s punitive pardon policy As the Liberal government begins an assessment of the changes brought under the Conservative tough-on-crime laws, issues involved the practices … [Read more...]

Waiting…

    Aug. 15, 2015 (Ed note:  We have eleven weeks of political announcements and attention seeking stunts for proposed new policies, all meant to shout down the other.  Few of these announcements will ever reach to the authentically human … [Read more...]

Judges’ feud…

Jan. 14, 2013  Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Court cases to stir judges’ feud with Ottawa over sentencing rules Smart Justice has repeatedly noted the push back from Canada’s judges around the issue of giving time served credit against … [Read more...]

Victims’ rights…

  Jan. 7, 2013 Canadian Law Times Defence counsel brace for victims rights bill  Anticipating the introduction of the victims’ rights bill in the 2014 session of parliament, defence lawyers say that the legislation give the … [Read more...]

A tax on broken souls…

  Dec. 10, 2013  Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Judges defy order to impose Tories’ victim-services surcharge   Describing fines on impoverished defendants as “a tax on broken souls,” there appears to be a growing resistance to the idea … [Read more...]