Highlights / penitentiaries


Transgender prisoners to be accommodated

Changes are coming to Canada’s federal penitentiaries to assure the respect of the human rights of transgender offenders. Parliament recently changed the Canadian Human Rights Act to add “gender identity or expression” to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. This »


Prison ombudsman highlights ‘despair’ in penitentiaries

Canada’s new correctional investigator, Ivan Zinger has noted specific examples of what he calls misplaced or inappropriate conditions of confinement in Canadian penitentiaries. He is responsible for issuing an annual report on these facilities which hold inmates who must serve »

Health, Society

Providing needles to inmates too dangerous: officials

Senior penitentiary officials say providing clean syringes to prisoners to stem infections would be too dangerous, reports Canadian Press. Former prisoner and advocacy groups have gone to court to argue the current policy of not providing needles in penitentiaries violates »


Use of solitary confinement drops in federal prisons

The number of inmates in indefinite solitary confinement in federal penitentiaries has gone down by half over the past two years, reports The Globe and Mail newspaper. Shortly after being elected in October 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for »

Politics, Society

New government to limit solitary confinement

After the suicide of 19-year-old Ashley Smith in prison in 2007, several recommendations were made on limiting the use of solitary confinement, and Canada’s new prime minister wants them to be implemented. Ms. Smith had spent over 1,000 days in »