Seeing crime as a public health issue: Gregg Caruso

July 22, 2018 |

This post is about 950 words and will take 4-5 minutes to read. Gregg Caruso’s short and readable book, Public Health and Safety: The Social Determinants of Health and Criminal Behavior, available free online, makes the argument for thinking about...

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Suicide in prisons: An international comparison

July 8, 2018 |

This post is 700 words and will take 3 minutes to read. Suicide rates among people in prison are dramatically higher than those in the general population, although this varies greatly among countries.  This is the conclusion of a recent...

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The Prison Book Club

June 29, 2018 |

Ann Walmsley’s book, The Prison Book Club, is about her experience with a book club that began at Collins Bay Institution and then extended to several other federal prisons Book clubs have become integral parts of many prisons in several...

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Rehabilitation can work

June 26, 2018 |

Why do we send people to jail?  Although jail is taken for granted as a punishment for many crimes, people often don’t think much beyond that.  Someone does something wrong, the response is punishment, and the common punishment is time...

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The Killing of Matthew Hines

June 24, 2018 |

By Catherine Latimer, Executive Director, John Howard Canada On April 25, 2018 two correctional officers pled not guilty to criminal charges relating to the tragic prison death of Matthew Hines at Dorchester Penitentiary.  They are entitled to a fair trial...

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