Re-thinking…

April 19, 2020 By-Line Times (UK) – Duncan Campbell The Coronavirus Crisis Will Our COVID-19 Lockdown Make Us think more about Why We Imprison So Many People? Much of our legal system is currently struggling with issues such as whether a jail … [Read more...]

New vision…

April 11, 2020 The Guardian (UK) – The Long Read - Rebecca Solnit 'The impossible has already happened': what coronavirus can teach us about hope The outcome of disasters is not foreordained. It’s a conflict, one that takes place while things … [Read more...]

Decarceration…

April 6, 2020 Toronto Sun – Sam Pazzano COVID-19 trims Ontario's inmate populations by 24% In response to the Covid-19 threat to inmates in provincial prisons, Ontario has released just over 2,000 inmates of the 8,344 as of March 16.  The … [Read more...]

Abolish prisons?

Dec 23, 2019  CBC Radio If we abolish prisons, what's next? There are more people in prison today than at any other time in history The question is one that frightens most people who think that without prisons we have no way to avoid being … [Read more...]

Hospitality…

Nov. 6, 2019 Guardian (UK – Long Read) – Priya Basil Make yourselves at home: the meaning of hospitality in a divided world This is soup and dinner for souls weary with tensions from violent events and political divide, perhaps even a … [Read more...]

Not so subtle racism…

Oct 7, 2019  Policy Options – Pamela Palmeter Justin Trudeau’s use of blackface shows racism isn’t just institutional, but also individual. Human beings have perpetuated anti-Indigenous racism. Here is a worthy reflection on the problem of … [Read more...]

Perverse justice…

Sept. 17, 2019 Toronto Star - Richard D. Schneider  (Excerpted from The Death of A Butterfly) I’m a judge in mental health court. It’s perverse that criminal courts are the main providers of mental health care Who better – other than … [Read more...]

Policing…

Aug 21, 2019    VERA Institute for Justice (US) - S. Rebecca Neusteter, Ram Subramanian, Jennifer Trone, Mawia Khogali, and Cindy Reed Gatekeepers: The Role of Police in Ending Mass Incarceration The reform of the US justice system and the … [Read more...]

The dark side…

July 26, 2019  Perilous Chronicle.com Hunger Strike at Edmonton Remand Centre, Alberta  The hunger strike at the new Edmonton Remand Center may offer more than just a piece of news about discontent in prison.  The additional flavour is … [Read more...]

Still moms…

April 24, 2019  Elizabeth Fry Society (Ottawa) No mother left behind… We have often written about the criminal justice system in Canada and its impact on women.  Needless to say, as many as 7 of 10 women in jail are also mothers separated from … [Read more...]