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...]

Prison Health…

Oct. 26, 2017 Pew Charitable Trust (US) Prison Health Care Costs and Quality - How and why states strive for high-performing systems The Pew Foundation and VERA Institute for Justice together have produced this report looking at the data derived … [Read more...]

Appallingly clever…

Oct 24, 2017 iPolitics – Marty Patriquin The niqab law is appalling. It's also clever, amoral politics. Bill C-62 in Quebec denies public service on the basis of a covered face requesting the service.  It has given voice to repeated assertions … [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...]

Our Canada & the romance of the gun…

Oct 3, 2017 CBC News – Aaron Wherry Julie Payette is unscripted and at ease on first day as GG - References to scholars and poets replaced with space metaphors in aspirational speech    … [Read more...]

NCR…

Oct 1, 2017 Toronto Star – Peter Goffin People with mental illness too often landing in prison instead of hospitals, experts say This link offers the success side of a finding of “Not Criminally Responsible” or NCR.  Brian Rose killed his … [Read more...]

More prisons…

Sept 28, 2017 CBC News – Alison Crawford Border agency reports big drop in number of long-term detainees - CBSA has finalized plans to build 2 new immigration holding centres and to retrofit another The goal seems to be to have three detention … [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...]

More jails or more community…

Sept 25, 2017 Blogger Justin Piché - University of Ottawa and co-founder of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) Carceral expansion and organizations that serve the criminalized Justin Piché has noted a fair amount of … [Read more...]

Apology: LGBT…

Sept 16, 2017 Globe and Mail – John Ibbitson Federal government to announce advisory council for apology to LGBT Canadians The federal government has begun to compose an advisory committee charged with helping government to address the issue of … [Read more...]