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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Women need health care to stay out of prison

October 23, 2017 |

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Patricia Jansen, Mo Korchinski, Ruth Elwood Martin, all from the University of British Columbia “What I have done is not who I am. Most of us are emotionally...

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Race, Crime and Justice in Canada

October 19, 2017 |

We have a lot of data showing that Indigenous and Black people are the subjects of unfair treatment throughout the criminal justice system, from contact with police to sentencing and parole.  That evidence is well summarized in a recent (2014)...

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Inequality in Who Gets Arrested

October 17, 2017 |

There is much evidence that the likelihood of being arrested for or charged with a crime is affected by skin colour, location, and other factors.  This post illustrating that inequality is drawn from a Toronto Star feature on July 6,...

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The New Cannabis Laws: Good and Bad News

October 10, 2017 |

Annamaria Enenajor The colossal failure of Canada’s “war on drugs” is a key reason that the federal government has proposed to replace prohibition with legalizing and regulating the production, distribution and sale of cannabis (Bill C45 and Bill C-46). The...

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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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