Data on Canada’s prison system

January 25, 2020 |

900 words; 4 minute read. The annual performance monitoring report of the Parole Board of Canada is one of the best regular sources of data about criminal justice in Canada – a field where our data are generally quite weak....

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Major problems in Ontario jails and courts

January 16, 2020 |

1000 words; 5 minutes to read. A recent report on the Ontario Ministry of Corrections by the Auditor General found significant problems that involve not just waste of public money, but even more seriously, negative consequences for many people enmeshed...

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What is ‘closure’ in criminal justice?

January 8, 2020 |

850 words; 4 minutes to read ‘Providing closure’ is one of the comments we often hear in media coverage of verdicts and sentences in criminal cases.  The suggestion is that a harsh sentence provides victims of crime, or family members...

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Cons and Kernels 3 – Stuff About Prison

December 30, 2019 |

600 words; 3 minutes to read Cons and Kernels owner/entrepreneur Emily O’Brien has been in the news a lot lately as she continues to build her business and is a great spokesperson for seeing ex-prisoners in a positive light. Earlier...

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Why conviction does not always imply guilt

December 19, 2019 |

930 words; 4 minutes to read Some people are found guilty of crimes they did not commit, and many more people plead guilty to specific charges that are inaccurate.  Yet once someone has pled guilty or been convicted, we seem...

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Michael Bryant, CCLA and criminal justice

December 11, 2019 |

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is a champion for civil rights in all areas of Canadian life. Criminal justice is one of its focus areas.  The organization has been very active in mounting court challenges around some of the...

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Most people can’t afford a proper legal defense

November 27, 2019 |

950 words; 4 minutes to read. A fundamental aspect of justice in Canada is that any accused person has the right to make a proper defense.  In practice, this right does not exist for most Canadians because they cannot afford...

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University editorial on criminal justice

November 17, 2019 |

800 words; 4 minutes to read The following is an edited version of an editorial that appeared in the November 15 issue of the University of Manitoba student newspaper, The Manitoban.  We reproduce it here as an example of excellent...

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Beyond Incarceration

November 7, 2019 |

950 words; 4 minutes to read Paula Mallea has had a long and distinguished career as a criminal defense lawyer and public policy advocate.  Having worked extensively with prisoners, and with Indigenous people in the justice system, she became a...

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