Prisoners’ Stories: Sisyphus Gets a Sidekick

October 1, 2017 |

Sisyphus gets a sidekick I.M. Grenada This is the first of many posts we plan to publish by current and former prisoners about their experiences in the criminal justice system. “Why a cat?” I looked up at the weathered wisp...

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Delaying Justice is Denying Justice

September 29, 2017 | ,

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently ruled twice, most notably in the 2016 Jordan decision, that it is a violation of Canadians’ rights when criminal cases are not completed in the courts in a reasonable period of time.  These rulings...

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Overcriminalization

September 28, 2017 |

By Melissa Hamilton Troubles arise when a society has too many laws, a sort of legal inflation or legal creep. When the situation regards too many criminal laws, the more specific term is overcriminalization. It is worse than other forms...

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The OCI: Insight into Canada’s prisons

September 26, 2017 |

Jails and prisons are out of the public eye; what goes on there tends to get very little scrutiny unless something very dramatic occurs.  However there is much evidence (for example the famous Stanford Prison Experiments) that in places where...

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Lifetime Effects of a Criminal Record

September 22, 2017 |

A criminal conviction is much more than the sentence It’s commonly believed that the consequence of being convicted of a crime lies in the sentence imposed by a judge.  “Do the crime, do your time”, one often hears.  But as...

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Major Changes to Ontario Jails Recommended

September 22, 2017 | ,

Major changes in Ontario corrections recommended On January 1, 2017, following a series of media stories involving prisoners held in segregation or solitary confinement for long periods, the Ontario government commissioned Howard Sapers, former federal Correctional Investigator, to do a...

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Bryan Stevenson: A Leading Civil Rights Voice

September 21, 2017 |

Reflecting on Bryan Stevenson: How a Criminal Lawyer Became the Leading Civil Rights Voice of Our Time by Lisa Kerr The field of criminal justice is often in need of moral leadership. While Bryan Stevenson is focused on the U.S....

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Forgiveness: The Margot Van Sluytman story

September 21, 2017 |

Victims and Forgiveness Crime often causes suffering, which is one of the factors leading to demands for harsh punishments.  Yet some of the most remarkable crime stories come from victims who have been able to take a different approach, leading...

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