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The Right of an Imprisoned Accused to Conduct Online Research

Case Commented On: R v Biever, 2015 ABQB 301 The link between access to information and access to justice is not often discussed, but it is implicit in our legal process. Document production, questioning, and Crown disclosure are all premised on the notion that one needs access to relevant information in order to present one’s […]


Sarah Burton
This article is reprinted with the permission of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. Sarah Burton was a staff lawyer with the Centre at the time this article was written.

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.

Bench Press 38-5: Habeas Corpus in Modern Times

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled unanimously in favour of a federal penitentiary prisoner who challenged a prison warden’s decision to transfer him from medium to maximum security. Gurkipal Khela used the ancient writ of Habeas Corpus: the right to go before a court to challenge his or her detention.  The Supreme Court stated […]


Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the former Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

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