Parole denied due to claims of innocence

November 27, 2018 |

This post is about 1100 words and can be read in about 5 minutes. There are many problems with the way that Canada’s parole system functions.  One problem is that being paroled requires a prisoner to admit guilt for the...

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Crime in Canada: An overview

November 22, 2018 |

This post is about 700 words and can be read in about 3 minutes. It’s not easy to find a careful and balanced overview of crime and punishment in Canada, but anyone wanting such an overview should consult Diane Crocker’s...

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Globe and Mail coverage of prison reform

November 16, 2018 | ,

This post is about 1150 words and can be read in 5-6 minutes. On Nov 6, the Globe and Mail newspaper ran an editorial called “Fixing solitary isn’t enough.  Canada’s prisons need to be reformed top to bottom”.  The editorial...

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Solitary confinement – A first hand account

November 13, 2018 |

This post is about 1200 words and can be read in 5-6 minutes. This post was provided by a former prisoner who wishes to remain anonymous.  In light of the current controversy around solitary confinement in Canada, a first-hand account...

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Benefits of Restorative Justice

November 6, 2018 |

This post is about 900 words and can be read in 4-5 minutes. Restorative justice (RJ) is one of those approaches often advocated yet not often used.  Despite its seeming advantages and the efforts of some advocates such as Margot...

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Falling Crime Rates in Many Countries

October 9, 2018 |

This post is under 800 words and can be read in about 4 minutes. Although many Canadians don’t seem to believe this – perhaps because so much media coverage is about crime – crime rates in Canada have fallen dramatically...

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Positive developments in the US prison system

September 28, 2018 |

This post is about 600 words and can be read in 3 minutes. Prisons provide another example of a field in which Canadians can point to our neighbours to the south and feel superior, even when in reality we may...

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