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Canada fined millions for keeping mentally ill inmates in solitary

A court has ruled Canada’s penitentiary service will have to pay tens of millions of dollars for holding inmates it knew were mentally ill in solitary confinement. In what the service calls administrative segregation, inmates are isolated in very small» 

Health, Society

Federal government to appeal ruling against solitary confinement

Just a month after a British Columbia judge ruled that indefinite solitary confinement in prisons was unconstitutional, the federal government is appealing the ruling. In his ruling the B.C. Supreme Court judge said that such confinement “places all Canadian federal» 

Politics, Society

The battle over solitary confinement in Canadian prisons.

The issue of putting prisoners into solitary confinement has come up once again.  It’s part of a series of proposed prison reforms. The federal government in response to long-standing criticisms about the practice of solitary confinement, has proposed a limit» 


Doctors call for an end to solitary confinement

The College of Family Physicians of Canada is calling for an end to the solitary confinement of prisoners. It defines this as “any confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without meaningful human contact, and with limited» 

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» 

Politics, Society

Rights groups suing Canadian government over solitary confinement in prisons

“It’s not just drastic, it’s inhumane,” says lawyer Joseph Arvay about solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. Arvay is representing the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada in a lawsuit against the Attorney General of»