VICTIMIZED. LEGALLY.

May 1, 2018 |

Imagine what would happen to you if someone took you, against your will, and locked you, incommunicado with your family and friends, in a bathroom for one day. When you would be rescued and released, everyone would assume that you...

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Canada Needs the John Howard Society

May 1, 2018 |

How we treat and assist prisoners and former prisoners, like myself, is critically important to all citizens of Canada. If we are interested in public safety, and in being fiscally responsible and morally upright as Canadians, we must ensure the...

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HEED THE ALARM

May 1, 2018 |

The John Howard Society is in need of resuscitation! The traditional heartbeat of John Howard is failing. Across the country, more and more JHS branches are reducing or stepping away from adult justice services and service for prisoners and advocacy for prisoners’...

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Under Lock and Key: The Don Jail

November 2, 2017 |

Lorna Poplak Since the mid-1800s, the Don Jail has left its stamp on the skyline, and the psyche, of Toronto. Over the years it developed a fearsome reputation as a dehumanizing snake pit where tuberculosis and other diseases caused by...

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Federal Prisoners Call for Reform

October 30, 2017 |

Prisoners have a lot of useful things to say, even if they are rarely asked, about how to improve the criminal justice system.  Here’s a slightly edited version of a good recent example: October 19, 2017 (Algonquin Territory / Ottawa)...

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The worrying state of Canadian prisons

October 29, 2017 |

A previous post referenced the important work done by the Office of the Correctional Investigator, which gives an outside perspective on the state and problems of federal prisons in Canada.  The previous Correctional Investigator, Howard Sapers, is now leading an...

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