Risks and benefits of risk assessment

October 9, 2021 |

Post #178 720 words; 3 minutes to read Audio summary by volunteer Averi Brailey. This post draws largely on the work of Dr Jennifer Kamorowski and colleagues. The criminal justice system is making increasing use of ‘risk assessment’ instruments and...

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Massive changes needed in prison system: Senate report

September 24, 2021 |

Post #177 740 words; 3 minute read 30 second audio summary courtesy of volunteer Averi Brailey. Canada’s prison system would be totally transformed if the recommendations in a recent Senate report  were adopted, though the report seems to have garnered...

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Election commitments and criminal justice

September 9, 2021 |

Post #176 980 words; 4 minutes to read This post is drawn from an article in the Sept 4 Toronto Star by Jacques Gallant. The focus is on the excessive numbers of Indigenous and Black people in Canada’s prisons, and...

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Criminal justice and the federal election

August 24, 2021 |

Post #175 830 words; 4 minutes to read Voice summary thanks to volunteer Averi Brailey. This post is a slightly edited reprint from one posted in the early days of the 2019 federal election.  The election is a time to...

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Special intervention units still not working

August 12, 2021 |

Murray Fallis Post # 175   750 words; 3 minutes to read    Murray Fallis is a lawyer with John Howard Canada.     This post has a 30 second audio summary courtesy of our volunteer, Averi Brailey Twenty-six per...

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In Canada, more immigration means less crime

July 25, 2021 |

Post # 173 550 words; 3 minutes to read Voice summary thanks to volunteer Averi Brailey. Most Canadians understand that immigration is good for our country and indeed essential to maintain our current level of prosperity.  But one of the...

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Alternatives to prison for racialized women

June 12, 2021 |

Post # 170 820 words; 4 minutes to read This post has a 30 second audio summary thanks to John Howard volunteer Averi Brailey. Several posts on this blog have provided evidence that prisons are ineffective and expensive ways of...

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Add your voice against solitary confinement!

June 10, 2021 |

Petition 3023 was tabled before Parliament earlier this month. Petition 3023 calls on Parliament to end the practice of abusive solitary confinement, implement measures adding more transparency within federal prisons and ensure the rights of prisoners are safeguarded.  The JHSC...

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