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"I don't think this should be going on," the prison's former warden said.
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It seems obvious that solitary confinement for someone with mental health issues is dangerous and destructive. The Canadian Human Rights Commission has long held that placing vulnerable individuals in solitary confinement denies them their human rights, and for those with mental health issues, it can lead to irreparable harm.
Dan Zhong wants to turn his New Jersey home into a gilded cage.
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Rehabilitation programs at correctional facilities in North American prisons are transforming the way offenders learn vocational skills and practice behaviours that will set them up for success after serving their time.
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"I've never been aware of five deaths in a short period of time."
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Inmates tend to have more health problems and shorter life spans compared to the general public.
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A federal study found aboriginals and the mentally ill entangled with the justice system often ran into similar difficulties.
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This is about both health and human rights, said one researcher.
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.
A proposed class-action lawsuit alleges Ottawa fails to provide adequate care to mentally ill prisoners while relying far too heavily on solitary confinement.
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OTTAWA - Federal prisons are not the hotbeds of radical extremism some make them out to be, according to research by the Correctional Service of Canada.And compared to other inmates, radicalized offen...
OTTAWA - Annual seizures of mobile phones from federal prisoners have more than doubled in recent years as correctional officials try to prevent their clandestine use in drug trafficking and organized...
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Federal correctional authorities are getting in the way of an investigation into drug-prescribing practices for inmates by withholding relevant information, Canada's prisons ombudsman says.Correctiona...
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SASKATOON - The president of the union that represents Canadian prison guards says they are not being properly trained to deal with inmates who have mental health issues.Kevin Grabowsky of the Union o...
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 effectiveness of electronic monitoring devices.Resear...
TORONTO - Two brazen jailbreaks from Quebec correctional facilities involving the use of helicopters may have shocked everyday Canadians, but security experts say such daring escapes have been dictati...
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A new jail that the Yukon government vowed would address the "root causes" of violence through rehabilitation is doing the exact opposite, say justice advocates, and now the territory's auditor genera...
OTTAWA - The national prison ombudsman says he has serious concerns about the quality of care provided to ailing prisoners in federal custody.A report released Monday by correctional investigator Howa...
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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.
TORONTO - Anxious relatives of a brutally beaten inmate are accusing prison authorities of deliberately stonewalling their efforts to find out exactly what happened and treating them disrespectfully.F...
CALGARY — Stephen Harper’s Conservative party’s policies are being attacked by an unlikely foe this weekend: corrections officers. The women and men who see the consequences of the federal governmen...
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 chapter from his past.Bachelor No. 3, meanwhile, says...
EDMONTON - Alberta prison guards showed no signs of flinching Saturday in the face of a labour board ruling declaring their wildcat strike illegal and the province's deputy premier claiming inmates we...
TORONTO - Canada's prison guards are essentially being left to their own devices when it comes to treating inmates with basic human respect, according to an internal survey report obtained by The Cana...
A prisoners' rights group in B.C. is suing the federal government for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of non-Christian inmates by cancelling the contracts of 18 non-Christian chaplains a...
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.
Canada's prison watchdog is calling on Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to intervene after receiving an "insufficient" and "dismissive" response to his special report on the spike in numbers of aborig...
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.
The Ontario women’s prison under the microscope for the 2007 fatal self-strangulation of troubled teen Ashley Smith is grappling with new allegations that a male guard was smuggling drugs in exchange...
Incidents of federal prisoners slashing, burning, banging their heads and choking themselves behind bars have more than tripled in the last five years. Figures obtained by CBC News Network's Power &...
OTTAWA - Criminals who run their operations from behind bars using mobile devices could soon be left searching for cell service.The federal government is asking companies how to stop prisoners from ma...
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 newly released ruling, Madame Justice Anne Mactavish writes t...