Canada Prisons

Limited Programs For Aboriginals, Mentally Ill In Justice System: Study

CP Politics | Jim Bronskill | Posted 04.10.2016 | Canada

A federal study found aboriginals and the mentally ill entangled with the justice system often ran into similar difficulties.

HIV And Hepatitis C Rates Are 10 To 30 Times Higher In Prisons

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2016 | Canada

This is about both health and human rights, said one researcher.

Prison Reform Should Be on the Federal Election Agenda

Barry Dennison | Posted 08.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Barry Dennison

Traditionally, no one cares about guards working in prisons with the lowest of the low in society, yet that is where my life's work began years ago -- working as a Correctional Officer in a human warehouse that systematically destroys staff and inmates alike. Notwithstanding, I've dedicated my life to seeing through the development of this idea because I have seen, first-hand, the goodness of inmates, guards and administration who are in an out-of-control system that can't alone meet the needs of everyone, or even come near being able to deal with the multiplicity of internal issues involved.

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.

Turns Out Prisons Are Not Terrorist Breeding Grounds

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal prisons are not the hotbeds of radical extremism some make them out to be, according to research by the Correctional Service of Canad...

Prison Cell Phone Seizures Rising

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Annual seizures of mobile phones from federal prisoners have more than doubled in recent years as correctional officials try to prevent their...

Prisons Watchdog: Federal Officials Withholding Info On Powerful Drugs

CP | Adam Miller, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Politics

Federal correctional authorities are getting in the way of an investigation into drug-prescribing practices for inmates by withholding relevant inform...

Prison Guards Not Trained To Handle Mentally Ill: Union Head

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada

SASKATOON - The president of the union that represents Canadian prison guards says they are not being properly trained to deal with inmates who have m...

Feds To Test Monitoring Device On High-Risk Inmates

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - High-risk offenders in Ontario and Quebec are among the inmates slated to take part in a federal prison service pilot project to test the eff...

Modern Canadian Jails Designed Against Helicopter Jailbreaks: Expert

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Two brazen jailbreaks from Quebec correctional facilities involving the use of helicopters may have shocked everyday Canadians, but security...

Whitehorse Jail Called 'Gulag' By Community Advocates

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada

A new jail that the Yukon government vowed would address the "root causes" of violence through rehabilitation is doing the exact opposite, say justice...

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...

Leaders Mourn Mandela But Miss His Message

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Rolihlahla "Nelson" Mandela is a global icon. His legendary ascension from prisoner to President is the stuff of fairytales. In this time of international mourning, our leaders should wipe their crocodile tears and reflect upon their actions, or lack thereof, in fulfilling the promise of racial equality which Nelson Mandela stood for. Mandela may no longer be with us, but his legacy, his message and his estimable struggle live on. They reside inside all of us who acknowledge that the pursuit of integration and equity belongs not in the apartheid past in a foreign land but in the bosom of our beloved nation.

Beaten Inmate's Family Accuse Prison Authorities Of Stonewalling

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Anxious relatives of a brutally beaten inmate are accusing prison authorities of deliberately stonewalling their efforts to find out exactly...

Althia Raj

Corrections Officers Don't Like This Tory Policy | Althia Raj | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada Politics

CALGARY — Stephen Harper’s Conservative party’s policies are being attacked by an unlikely foe this weekend: corrections officers. The women...

Website Helps Inmates Find Love

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada Living

MONTREAL - Bachelor No. 1 boasts about his "bad-boy body and sweet-guy attitude" and Bachelor No. 2 wants a woman to join him as he closes a dark chap...

Alberta Jail Workers Vow To Continue Strike

CP | Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta prison guards showed no signs of flinching Saturday in the face of a labour board ruling declaring their wildcat strike illegal and...

Disturbing Finding On Prison Guards Reported

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Canada's prison guards are essentially being left to their own devices when it comes to treating inmates with basic human respect, according...

Prisoners' Rights Group Suing Over Chaplain Layoffs

CBC | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A prisoners' rights group in B.C. is suing the federal government for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of non-Christian inmates by cancel...

Why Are There So Many Aboriginal People in Prison?

David Langtry | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Politics
David Langtry

I find it shocking that close to one in four inmates in the federal correctional system is an Aboriginal person. Yet Aboriginal people make up only four percent of our population. They are ten times more likely than anyone else to end up in jail. And that number is climbing. What does this say about our country? I appreciate the complexity of these issues, and the challenges of dealing with them. But denying the facts doesn't make them disappear. This is not the Canada I grew up in. The Canada I know and love. The Canada the world admires.

Toews Pulled Into Spat Over HUGE Spike In Aboriginal Inmates

CBC | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada's prison watchdog is calling on Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to intervene after receiving an "insufficient" and "dismissive" response to hi...

Why Are so Many Veterans in Prison?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

Increasing numbers of military veterans are entering the U.S. prison system. Why? A recent study highlights the important role that anger can play in how well veterans reintegrate into society after traumatic tours of duty -- and how likely they are to run into problems in prison, if that's where they end up.

Sex For Drugs At Ontario Prison?

CBC | Posted 01.18.2013 | Canada

The Ontario women’s prison under the microscope for the 2007 fatal self-strangulation of troubled teen Ashley Smith is grappling with new allegation...

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...

Canadian Prisons Breaking The Law: Judge

CBC | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada Politics

A federal court judge says Canada's prison system is breaking the law by failing to deal with inmate grievances in a timely fashion. In a ...