More subtle punishment…

Dec 20, 2019 The Marshall Project (US) – Beatrix Lockwood and Nicole Lewis The Long Journey to Visit a Family Member in Prison - Remote prison towns and strict visitation policies make it hard to stay in touch. This article marks a link to the … [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...]

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...]

Prison for punishment?

Nov.12, 2018 Global News - Amanda Connolly Terri-Lynne McClintic back in prison, Rodney Stafford says McClintic was convicted of the murder of 8 year old Victoria Stafford, sentenced to life in prison and later transferred to a healing lodge … [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...]

Your children’s children…

July 26, 2018 Huffington Post / Evidence Network.ca Canada Is Sending A Generation Of Indigenous Children To Jail - To call these numbers of incarcerated Indigenous people a crisis would be the understatement of the century. The article is a … [Read more...]

Timely intervention…

July 11, 2018 CBC News - Kevin Dougherty Quebec investing in 'collaborative justice' program to resolve family conflicts - Quebec will spend $180,000 to expand a project to resolve family conflicts that reach 'crisis' level Robert Pidgeon, … [Read more...]

Quo vadis?

June 17, 2018  Canadian Lawyer – Michael Spratt Dear soon-to-be-premier Ontario has a new premier-elect and everyone is wondering about what policies he will embrace over a multitude of issues.  Spratt, a Criminal Defence Counsel who … [Read more...]

Guns, law and communities…

May 5, 2018 CBC News – Angela Wright Canada's government is clearly uninterested in finding innovative solutions to gun violence Largely the pre-occupation of urbanites, the question of gun control appears to be elusive, not only in terms of … [Read more...]

Mental health and police deaths…

April 6, 2018 CBC News - Katie Nicholson, Jacques Marcoux Most Canadians killed in police encounters since 2000 had mental health or substance abuse issues - More than 460 people have died in encounters with police in Canada since 2000 The … [Read more...]