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Class Action Focuses On Lack Of Care For Inmates With Mental Illness

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Politics

A proposed class-action lawsuit alleges Ottawa fails to provide adequate care to mentally ill prisoners while relying far too heavily on solitary confinement.

Providing Better Health Services in Prisons Can Help Improve Lives

Fiona Kouyoumdjian | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Fiona Kouyoumdjian

It surprises most people to know that about one in 200 Canadians is detained or incarcerated in jail or prison every year, and that the average length of stay in these facilities is only a few weeks. Time spent in jail or prison can serve as an opportunity to improve health. But achieving this goal will require a change in attitudes about health care in custody and reforming health care in correctional facilities.

Bill C-51 Will Make It Easier To Throw Canadians In Jail Without a Charge

Yan Roberts | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Yan Roberts

The legal threshold for police to obtain a warrant to arrest individuals who have committed no crimes would be lowered. Canadians could be held in custody for up to seven days without charges. Bill C-51's gives powers of "preventive detention," which means jail time for individuals even when there isn't any suspicion criminal activity has taken place.

Live Comic Walking: My Tour of a Federal Prison

Deborah Kimmett | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Living
Deborah Kimmett

I use humour to deflect fear. The more freaked out I am, the more jokes I make. The day I went in to The Clink, I was hilarious, cracking jokes about what I should wear. And then I started comparing my job as a humourist to theirs. "Oh, you were part of a hostage-taking? That's nothing. I worked with Mike Bullard."

Ontario Should Commit Sociology to Combat Harper's Crime Agenda

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

The Ontario government should not be afraid to resist Harper's misguided crime agenda. Instead of selling out another generation for political expediency, Ontario should commit the crime that Harper fears the most: sociology.

Quebec To Prisoners: Butt Out

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada

QUEBEC - The Quebec government has announced its intention to prohibit smoking outright in provincial prisons within a year — the last Canadian juri...

What to Think About on Prisoner's Justice Day

Sukanya Pillay | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Politics
Sukanya Pillay

August 10 is International Prisoner's Justice Day, which began in Canada 37 years ago. In 1974 a Canadian man, Edward Nalon, died in the segregation unit of an Ontario prison, resulting in a day of mourning for prisoners across the country. This is an important day to consider how we treat people behind bars, and to remember the goals of incarceration. It is also a day for us to ask many questions about our prison system as a whole, and to assess how some of the recent actions of the Canadian government may affect these conditions

Young Criminals Need TLC, Not Tough-On-Crime

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Canada has always been recognized as being one of the safest countries in the world, boasting exceptionally low murder and violent crime rates, particularly in comparison to our American counterparts. However, a recent rise in gun violence on the streets of Canada's largest city has left many Canadians concerned about how safe our communities truly are. This violence has left many Canadians wondering whether we should advance tough-on-crime agendas. But having worked with many vulnerable populations I firmly believe that our time and resources would be better spent in addressing the issue of youth violence by investing in long-term preventative solutions and programs.