Wake-up, step up…

March 25, 2019  CBC News - 'Wake up, step up': Protesters outside Hamilton prison demand change This is an entirely sensible question: If Canada does not have the death penalty, why does our jail system?  The question was part of pointed protest … [Read more...]

Mistakes…

Jan 21, 2019 CBC News – Robyn Urback Driver in the Humboldt crash made a mistake — a horrific one — but one any of us could have made The Humboldt hockey team loss of life and injuries impacted on families and friends but also mostly on all … [Read more...]

Learnings…

Jan 9, 2019 CBC News – Sidney Cohen New jail for women in Fort Smith to have higher security rating, segregation The decision to change from two minimum security houses without locks to a new wing with locks and fences at the Ft. Smith … [Read more...]

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...]

Legal scam?

Oct 20, 2018 Toronto Star – Patricia Winsa Letters to shoplifters threaten legal action if hundreds in damages aren’t paid — even if the goods are recovered Here’s a move that lawyers say depends on fear, threat, and ignorance of the law: … [Read more...]

End of Solitary?

Oct 17, 2018  CBC News – Kathleen Harris Liberals move to end solitary confinement of federal prisoners Bill C-83 is now in draft form and Ralph Goodale is proposing structural intervention units instead of segregation units.  “Under the new … [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...]

Parent and child…

June 28, 2018 Global News – Brian Hill Canada blocks teen from reuniting with family despite Taliban death threats …according to regulations created by Immigration Canada, parents and siblings of child refugees are not considered “family … [Read more...]

But to do it…

May 14, 2018 Policy Options - Anthony Doob, Jane Sprott, Cheryl Webster Learning from our success in reducing youth imprisonment:  Canada’s success in reducing youth imprisonment in the last two decades is evidence that reform of the justice … [Read more...]

Secondary punishment…

Feb. 7, 2018 Blogger Russell Webster (UK) Highlighting the damage done by maternal imprisonment - Safeguarding children when sentencing parents - 17,000 children affected a year For a long time many have been stuck in the notion of punishment as … [Read more...]