On finding peace…

Nov. 3, 2019 Toronto Star – Kim Zarzour How a Markham sex assault survivor found justice — and peace A victim of sexual assault has become the first case to be examined by restorative justice.  Marlee Liss of Markham was assaulted three years … [Read more...]

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...]

Alternatives work…

July 18, 2019 – CBC News – Emma Davie Atlantic Canada has an enviable problem: its youth jails are emptying out All eyes should be on Nova Scotia’s remarkable achievement:  the province has fewer than 30 inmates in its four long term youth … [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...]

Who will answer…

April 12, 2019 Office of the Auditor General (Report 5, Sept 15, 2017) Preparing Women Offenders for Release—Correctional Service Canada This report is somewhat dated – almost two years now, covering 2014-2017– but still very helpful in … [Read more...]

Lullaby for prison…

Feb 7, 2019 CBC News – Angela Antle From Carnegie Hall to Clarenville: Writing lullabies in a Newfoundland women's prison - Social Sharing Jan Buley is a professor of education at Memorial University in St. John's. Her co-organizer is her … [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...]

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...]