E-carceration…

Nov 21, 2018  N.Y. Times – Michelle Alexander The Newest Jim Crow – Recent criminal justice reforms contain the seeds of a frightening system of “e-carceration.” Alexander, lawyer and author of the well-known New Jim Crowe, occasionally … [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...]

Next steps for RJ…

Oct 5, 2018 – Next stretch for RJ… A very special Thanksgiving gift to lovers of justice… Senate Open Forum on Restorative Justice Under the co-chairmanship of Retiring Senator Art Eggleton, and Senator Raymonde St. Germain, the Senate of … [Read more...]

Military & Juries…

Oct 1, 2018 CBC News – Lee Berthiaume Court drops bomb by ruling against constitutionality of military justice system The Canadian Military Appeals Court has dropped a legal bomb silently and without warning.  The process used for trying … [Read more...]

Punish or cure?

July 31, 2018 The Guardian (UK) - Samira Shackle Should we treat crime as something to be cured rather than punished? Shackle presents the most important question plaguing contemporary prison reform.  In the light of constant confrontation with … [Read more...]

Blind spots…

July 15, 2018 Policy Options: Parents in Prison: A public policy blind spot - Sophie de Saussure The criminal justice reform bill fails to address the social effects of a parent’s incarceration on children. Bill C-75 is the Liberal government … [Read more...]

Again…

July 2, 2018 Church Council on Justice and Corrections Our Home and Native Land:  Nearly half of Canada’s Incarcerated Youth are Indigenous, according to Statistics Canada The Council’s reminder puts in contrast Canada’s preferred … [Read more...]

Zero homelessness…

June 11, 2018 New York Times (US) – David Bornstein A Growing Drive to Get Homelessness to Zero Nine US communities have reached “functional zero” around homeless veterans and chronically homeless persons.  Rockford, Illinois, is the first … [Read more...]

Mama Rita…

June 2, 2018 National Catholic Reporter – Dan Morris-Young Restorative justice has a name, face and heart in East LA - Mama Rita: Inmates 'are not the crimes they did' Long-time Dolores Mission parishioner Rita Chairez works in restorative … [Read more...]