Criminal Justice Policy / drugs / education / event listings / harm reduction / Health Issues / Hep C / HIV / prison / Prison Needle Exchange / Uncategorized

ON POINT: Making Prison Needle and Syringe Programs Work in Canada

JOIN US for a free lively panel discussion in support of prisoners’ rights and justice. Panelists will discuss why prison needle and syringe programs are essential, how they are working in other countries, and how they might be implemented in Canada. Panel speakers: ~Daniela De Santis – Hindelbank Prison, Switzerland ~Ruth Elwood Martin – University … Continue reading

prison / Renee Acoby / Segregation / Solitary Confinement

Solitary – by Renee Acoby

Many people have asked me what it was like to live in solitary confinement for years on end under the infamous “management Protocol” that CSC designed for unruly federal females. You wonder what right you have to feel angry about your confinement because it was your own actions/reactions that led to your conditions. So, you … Continue reading

Disability / prison / Racism / women's issues

Letter from Edmonton Institution for Women

My first inclination is to introduce myself by my FPS number; but my indignation prevents me from demoralizing myself to digits. Consider this a feminine spin-off to the alpha-males about how club-fed is just a conservative-laced media hype…much like the hype on statistic & crime the conservatives push. As a proud, Black , gay woman, … Continue reading

Bill C-10 / Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / government / justice / law / legislation / prison / prison expansion / Stephen Harper / Vic Toews

Vic Toews and the League of Imaginary Crime Fighters So this is rich: the Conservatives are taking credit for the falling crime rate. On July 24, after Statistics Canada reported that police-reported crime was at its lowest level in 40 years, Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews tweeted “Crime rate down 6% – shows CPC tough on crime is working. Rate is still … Continue reading

prison / Racism

Racial equality looks different from behind bars

by Doug Saunders Globe and Mail Saturday, June 9th, 2012   “The United States now has, by a wide margin, the highest incarceration rate in the world. There are 2.3 million Americans in prison or jail, more than three in 100 Americans are in the penal system – and half of those are black. … Continue reading

G2o / legislation / prison / prison expansion / Stephen Harper / Uncategorized

Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful

by Mountain River Mountain River has been a prisoner for almost 3 decades, and has been a witness to the cyclical nature of the justice system. _______________________________________________________________ “Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) We want to address the issue of Harper and his bent for vengeance. Mr. Harper … Continue reading

Hep C / HIV / homelessness / prison

Checking into the “Homeless Hilton”

by Bill O’Leary ______________________________________________________________ There is a clear connection and relationship between the issues of homelessness and imprisonment. This relationship is forged on false understandings held by the community, mainstream media portrayals that feed this understanding, and the ongoing criminalization and containment of people experiencing homelessness that supports the view that homelessness warrants institutionalization.  If … Continue reading