Canada Prison

Trudeau Needs The Courage To Reform Our Criminal Justice System

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

The current system has tremendous shortcomings -- it abandons victims, leaving them to heal alone, at times powerless, and without any meaningful answers. There is a better way to help victims heal and to hold offenders accountable for their acts while empowering them to improve their lives. That alternative is restorative justice.

Imagine A World Without Juvenile Prisons

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Research shows the earlier and longer youth spend in the system, the worse the outcomes are," says Peter Leone, a professor at the University of Maryland who has studied juvenile justice measures around the world for more than 20 years. It costs approximately $100,000 a year to incarcerate one young person in Canada. If that individual becomes a hardened life-long criminal, the amount will exceed a staggering $2 million, according to a Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.

It's Time To End The War On Drugs In Canada

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

I was a true believer in the war on drugs, but at the end of the day, as a physician, I have believe in an evidenced-based approach. The evidence shows that incarceration doesn't work, and decriminalization with offers of treatment do. It's time to ignore dogma and act in the best interests of Canadians. It's time to end this war.

Judge Orders Review Over Quebec Prisoner's Access To Porn

CP | Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada

A Federal Court judge has ordered a new review of a Quebec prisoner's grievance over access to TV channels showing late-night pornography.

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.

Stephanie Beaudoin's "Sexy" Looks Shouldn't Mask Her Alleged Ugly Crimes

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada
Christopher Zoukis

A media biz friend of mine recently forwarded to me a news report on "the world's hottest criminal," Ms. Stephanie Beaudoin; a 21 year old nursing student in Quebec. Complete with a fetching photo of Ms. Beaudoin on a boat in a bikini, the story mentions that she's facing 114 criminal charges for breaking into more than 40 homes last summer.

Though I Keep Getting Detained, I'll Never Stop Being an Activist

Maikel Nabil Sanad | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Maikel Nabil Sanad

I was sitting on a bench inside the military court that day, accompanied by a military intelligence agent, waiting for my military judge to arrive in the courtroom. It was a spring day, in April 2011, just few months after the revolution started. It was the fifth time I was detained in Egypt because of my activism. It isn't that I can understand the situations of people facing injustice from afar, I can feel their pain, because it's my pain as well.

New Report Raises Questions About Quality Of Care In Prisons

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The national prison ombudsman says he has serious concerns about the quality of care provided to ailing prisoners in federal custody.A report...


CBC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

New figures show the number of visible minorities in Canadian prisons has increased by 75 per cent in the past decade, while the number and proportion...

Kamloops Man Who Killed Father Receives Sentence

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A Kamloops, B.C., man who has admitted to fatally stabbing his father 31 times will spend at least the next 12 years behind bars.A B....

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."

This Man is in Exile for 10 Years...For That?

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

Today marks Zia Nabavi's 29th birthday. This is the fourth consecutive birthday the university student activist is spending in prison. He was arrested at a relative's house on June 15, 2009, following his participation in a peaceful post-election protest. He's been trapped in prison since then.

Prisoner Self-Injury On The Rise In Canada

CBC | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Living

Incidents of federal prisoners slashing, burning, banging their heads and choking themselves behind bars have more than tripled in the last five years...

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.

Vic Toews and the League of Imaginary Crime Fighters

Joan Ruzsa | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada Politics
Joan Ruzsa

After Statistics Canada reported that police-reported crime was at its lowest level in 40 years, Vic Toews tweeted "Crime rate down 6% -- shows CPC tough on crime is working." I couldn't really understand how Bill C-10, which doesn't even begin to come into force until August 9 of this year, could somehow be responsible for a drop in crime in previous years. But then I realized...Toews must be the MP version of The Terminator: "A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg (or in this case, Public Safety Minister) is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor (or in this case, crime)."

How I Learned How To Stop Worrying and Love Conrad Black

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada
Vac Verikaitis

For those of us who understand exactly where Conrad Black has been (the big house) we understand. He is, at the end of the day, just a human being, the frailty of ones existence always hanging in the balance no matter how high up the ladder one finds oneself. And now an 11 person advisory council is considering revoking his Order of Canada?

Why Making Prisoners "Pay" Won't Work

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

Time for prisoners to start paying their own way, says the Minister for Public Safety, Vic Toews. This will invariably lead to the reduction of community corrections programs that have been shown to best promote successful rehabilitation and reintegration. What if instead of trying to break the cycle of poverty-to-prison-to-poverty, we actively embraced it?

The Death Penalty? Canada Can Do Better Than That

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

As jurors in the Tori Stafford decide fate of accused child killer Michael Rafferty, the gruesome details of the case have renewed calls to bring back the death penalty in such brutal murders.

Go to Prison, Get a Great Job

Aviva Rubin | Posted 05.10.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

According to former Ontario corrections minister Robert Sampson, mandatory minimum sentencing is a great tool for getting people the education and training they need to successfully reintegrate and contribute to society.

America a Prison for René González

Stephen Kimber | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada
Stephen Kimber

On the eve of René González's release Friday from an American prison -- but not his prison America will now become -- it's worth reminding ourselves...