The interim…

Jan 4, 2021  (ED Note: Happy New Year to all.  Here is a collection, roughly by date, of note-worthy items during the holidays.  Regular newsletter back in next edition.) Globe and Mail – Patrick White Federal prisons flout law by keeping … [Read more...]

Say it ain’t so…

Dec 20, 2020 Toronto Star - Alyshah Hasham Legal groups say Ontario misled public with claim it reduced inmate population by 30 per cent early in pandemic There’s a lot, to rely on an old jail joke, depends on the way you tell the story.  Two … [Read more...]

Back to Parliament…

Nov 23, 2020   Policy Options – Adeline Iftene Abusive uses of Structured Intervention Units and the Correctional Service’s conduct mean Parliament must get rid of SIUs or adopt Senate amendments. The link provides a summary of the … [Read more...]

First responders…

Nov. 15, 2020 Toronto Star - Rachel Collier Health PEI ignores recommendation, adds police to mobile mental health units The decision in PEI marks a sharping of the focus for the composition of first response team when mental health is the primary … [Read more...]

Dry cell…

Nov 10, 2020 – CBC News - Federal prison investigators press for changes in use of 'dry cells' - Current correctional investigator calls dry cell conditions 'by far the most restrictive imaginable' The controversy over the use of segregation in … [Read more...]

Women in solitary…

Nov 9, 2020 Refinery29.com - Sabrina Maddeaux The Ugly Truth about Solitary Confinement in Canada’s Women’s Prisons Maddeaux starts with Ashley Smith and her crime of throwing apples at the postman for which she got 14 days that turned into … [Read more...]

Pervasive poverty…

Nov 2, 2020 Citizens for Public Justice – Natalie Appleyard Poverty Trends 2020: Rights & Realities in Canada Remember when we as a people vowed to end poverty in Canada by 2000?  The link is to a 14 page downloadable pdf that identifies … [Read more...]

Correctional Investigator Report…

Oct 29, 2020  2019-20 Annual Report of the Correctional Investigator of Canada Tabled in Parliament Report Shines Light on Sexual Coercion and Violence behind Bars     Full Report Go to:  … [Read more...]

Oct 27, 2020 Doob & Sprott report: Smart Justice Network Special Report Concerns have been mounting about the intransigence of Corrections Canada in the face of the court ordered issues around solitary confinement in the prison system.  Over … [Read more...]

Change…

Oct. 12, 2020 Foundations for Social Change (Vancouver, BC) – The New Leaf Project The Foundation, tied to UBC, has acted on a question on all our minds about homelessness:  how does one best help the homeless find housing and food security.  … [Read more...]