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...]

Money in jail…

Sept 5, 2019 The Guardian (UK) – Richard Davies From pecan pralines to ‘dots’ as currency: how the prison economy works From the Guardian’s long reads, this article introduces a convicted murderer’s career as a “prison journalist,” … [Read more...]

Our better angels…

Aug 31, 2019  ABC News (US) - Meghan Keneally Man who spent 36 years in prison for stealing $50 from a bakery is now set to be freed  History is not a kind teacher nor do lessons from history prompt us strongly enough to recognize and fix … [Read more...]

New Crime rates…

July 25, 2019 National Newswatch – Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press Crime rate rose in 2018 but country still safer than a decade ago, StatCan says Stats Canada says the crime rate rose slightly in 2018 – up 2%, as did the severity of … [Read more...]

A Norway special…

July 7, 2019  (Ed note: We depart the usual variety of topics to present you who follow in particular the criminal justice system with two articles from the BBC both with some considerable staying and reflective power.)  BBC News – Emma Jane … [Read more...]

Cuts…

June 12, 2019 Canada’s National Observer - Fatima Syed Here's everything the Doug Ford government cut in its first year in office Here’s a sobering list of government and agency cuts since the Ford Government of Ontario took office one year … [Read more...]

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...]