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Prisoners and Work

Several years ago, the Alberta government and other provincial governments considered the introduction of Alabama-style chain gangs as a form of employment for prisoners. This action reflected a North American trend towards making the prison experience harsher, with the view that this would discourage criminal behaviour. Currently, while there would no doubt be near-universal support […]


Linda McKay-Panos
Linda McKay-Panos, BEd, JD, LLM, is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Solitary Confinement is a National Disgrace

I have been privileged to visit Fort McPherson, in the Northwest Territories, a number of times since 2011.  It is a pleasant little Gwich’in community located on the banks of the Peele River southwest of Inuvik, within sight of the Richardson Mountains to the west.  It is one of the few remote northern communities connected […]


Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Basic Facts in Federal Corrections

Canada’s incarceration rate is 117/100,000 adults and youth, while the United States’ is 762/100,000 and France’s is 91/100,000. The Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) has been in force since1992 and was amended in 2012. The CCRA outlines the responsibilities of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) and the […]


Irving Kulik
Irving Kulik is the Executive Director of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association.

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