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Charter violation / justice / prisoners' rights / Shane Martinez

Canadian inmates sue government over t-shirt ban

Toronto Star August 30th, 2012 by Curtis Rush Canadian-inmates-sue-government-over-t-shirt-ban “Some 150 inmates have filed a $1.25 million class-action lawsuit against the Attorney General of Canada to wear the T-shirts on Prisoners Justice Day. The shirt also shows two hands grasping jail bars. The prisoners in Joyceville Institution, 20 kilometres northeast of Kingston, brought the shirts … Continue reading

event listings / Prisoners' Justice Day

Prisoners’ Justice Day Vigil 2012

PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY 2012 Friday, August 10, 2012 6:30pm Outside the Toronto Don Jail 550 Gerrard Street East ASL Interpretation Provided Join us for speakers, performers, children’s programming, a mini march and a candlelight vigil at dusk. August 10th, 2012 marks the 37th anniversary of Prisoners Justice Day. On August 10th, 1974 Eddie Nalon bled … 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

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/joan-ruzsa/vic-toews-crime-rate_b_1734062.html 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

Bill C-10 / Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / legislation / mandatory minimums / prison expansion / Stephen Harper

Crime Doesn’t Deter Tories – Nor Do Facts

by Joan Ruzsa Huffington Post July 16th, 2012 There’s something I don’t understand about us humans. We can cure disease, explore outer space, access information from around the world in a split second and discover the God particle, and yet the best idea we have come up with to respond to crime and social harm … Continue reading

prison / Racism

Racial equality looks different from behind bars

by Doug Saunders Globe and Mail Saturday, June 9th, 2012 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/racial-equality-looks-different-from-behind-bars/article4243123/   “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