correctional services of canada / justice / prisoners' rights

A Rebuke of CSC’s Transformation: On “A Flawed Compass” Guiding the Future of the Canadian Federal Penitentiary System

Please welcome Justin Piché to Just Blog.  Justin is a PhD student in Sociology at Carleton University.  His research examines where Canadian penal institutions in Canada are built and why.  He is also Co-managing Editor of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (www.jpp.org).   Justin  has kindly offered us his report on Michael Jackson and Graham … Continue reading

anti-psychiatry activism / human rights / prisoners' rights

Van Loan lies on “mental health care and rehabilitation” for “mentally ill” prisoners

Here is a comment to the Globe and Mail, written by anti-psychiatry and human rights activist, Don Weitz.  In it, he discusses the inhumane conditions suffered by people in prisons and psychiatric facilities, and the need for restorative justice alternatives. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 9/24/09 Comment Editor The Globe and Mail Recently on CBC Newsworld, Public Safety Minister … Continue reading

event listings / harm reduction / prisoners' rights

PASAN/Rittenhouse Fundraiser

On Thursday, October 22nd, PASAN and Rittenhouse will be holding a joint fundraiser at PLAY on Church (504 Church St., 1 and 1/2 blocks north of Carlton).  The event will go from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. PASAN (Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network) is a community-based network of prisoners, ex-prisoners, organizations, activists and individuals … Continue reading

human rights / prisoners' rights

Leonard Peltier – I am Barack Obama’s Political Prisoner Now

http://www.counterpunch.org/September 11-13, 2009 A CounterPunch Exclusive The Denial of My Parole I Am Barack Obama’s Political Prisoner Now By LEONARD PELTIER The United States Department of Justice has once again made a mockery of its lofty and pretentious title. After releasing an original and continuing disciple of death cult leader Charles Manson who attempted to … Continue reading

death penalty / humanitarian issues / justice

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again

This post is from the CNN Wire on CNN.com.   For a long time death penalty advocates have tried to frame lethal injection as the “humane” alternative to other forms of execution.  This article is just further proof that the term “humane execution” is an oxymoron. Thanks to Avrum for sending this to me. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Execution … Continue reading