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...]

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...]

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...]

Dad Hero…

Aug. 11, 2018 Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN) Dad HERO (HELPING EVERYONE REALIZE OPPORTUNITIES) This organization (CFCN) is helping families cope with some of the fall-out on families and children from the jailing of parents.  … [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...]

More women in jail…

May 23, 2018  (Ed note: The last edition of communiqué contained a reference and commentary on the Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS) of Ottawa.  Some of the MOMS involved in the discussions around the plan to rebuild the Ottawa Carleton … [Read more...]

A beginning?

Feb 16, 2018 CBC News – John Paul Tasker Trudeau promises new legal framework for Indigenous people - 'We need to get to a place where Indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny,' PM says Though short on detail, Trudeau is … [Read more...]

Travesty…

Jan 8, 2018 Toronto Star – Vicky Mochama Treatment of women in Canadian prisons a human rights travesty The number of women incarcerated is growing at alarming rates, especially Indigenous women (37% over the last ten years without crime rate … [Read more...]

A Better Man…

Nov. 26, 2017 Ottawa Citizen – Megan Gillis After domestic violence, is A Better Man possible? Filmmaker returns to Ottawa to find out A 79 minute documentary called A Better Man was screened in Ottawa last week as part of the Restorative … [Read more...]