Highlights / Correctional Service of Canada

Health, Society

Inmates ‘very scared’ as COVID-19 brings lockdown at women’s prison

The largest prison for women in Canada is in partial lockdown today after at least four inmates tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. In a statement, the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers at the Grand Valley Institution for Women »

Health, Indigenous, Society

Ottawa may be ready to move on non-violent prisoner releases

A day after Corrections Canada confirmed that two prisoners and nine employees at a maximum security prison in Quebec had tested positive for COVID-19, there are signs the federal government may be ready to begin heeding calls to release non-violent »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous prison population continues upward spiral

The number of Indigenous people in federal custody continues to rise–dramatically. In a new report, Correctional Investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger says Indigenous people now account for more than 30 per cent of the federal inmate population. That’s up from »

International, Politics, Society

Judge orders Ottawa to pay $20 million for solitary confinement misuse

There’s been another court ruling in favour of prisoners placed in solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. An Ontario judge Thursday ordered the federal government to pay $20 million for placing mentally ill inmates in what is officially termed administrative segregation. »

International, Society

Ottawa announces funding to combat prison drone deliveries

Over the past year, more than a few stories have surfaced about a new approach to getting illicit goods to inmates in Canadian prisons–delivery by drones. The deliveries are becoming a problem and Ottawa has now announced a counter-strategy, earmarking »

Health, International, Society

Top official wants solitary confinement rules amended

Canada’s correctional investigator says he is “very concerned” about the circumstances surrounding two recent prison suicides and is calling for tighter legal restrictions and greater oversight in solitary confinement, also known as administrative segregation, units. “Simply leaving it to the »