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September 22, 2020
Harsher territorial jail conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic don’t always mean convicted offenders in Nunavut should get reduced sentences, Justice Neil Sharkey said in a written ruling released last week.
September 15, 2020
Two more employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at Mission Institution, the federal prison that previously suffered one of the worst outbreaks in Canada’s correctional system.
Worse than lockdown”: prisoners at the Burnside Jail are being held in solitary confinement conditions for COVID lockdowns
August 29, 2020
Reports from incarcerated people and their families recount a number of concerning issues, including: the use of solitary confinement conditions on the range designated for quarantine; lack of access to medical care; dirty and unhygienic conditions throughout the jail; a shortage of staff in the facility; and lack of access to legal phone calls.
August 26, 2020
An independent panel tasked with overseeing segregation of inmates in federal prisons says the Correctional Service of Canada blocked it from doing its job.
August 26, 2020
A shortage of space at the provincial jail due to COVID-19 is creating delays in putting convicted criminals behind bars, warns P.E.I.’s chief provincial judge.
August 24, 2020
The Alberta government says an internal audit of COVID-19 safety protocols was conducted at the Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC) in April but an Edmonton lawyer who has called for random audits says the evidence shows otherwise.
August 16, 2020
A half marathon kicked off outside a prison just north of Winnipeg on Sunday morning to raise money to help incarcerated people — and those who have been released early because of COVID-19 — stay safe during the pandemic.
August 14, 2020
Three staff members of a South Okanagan prison have tested positive for COVID-19, marking a second outbreak at the facility.
August 13, 2020
Seventy-eight additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in British Columbia in the last 24 hours, health officials said Thursday.
August 13, 2020
A record number of inmates have been released from Canadian prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Nova Scotia is leading the nation.
August 12, 2020
s calls grew to release some inmates at federal and provincial institutions to slow the spread of COVID-19 inside Canadian jails, provincial institutions appear to have heeded the call, while federal inmate populations remained fairly flat.
Quarantine is ‘hell’: Edmonton Remand Centre COVID-19 guidelines poorly carried out, former inmate says
August 10, 2020
Conditions in the Edmonton Remand Centre’s COVID-19 quarantine unit are so miserable, inmates are often not upfront about potential symptoms for fear of a mandatory two-week lockup, a former prisoner says.
August 8, 2020
COVID-19 outbreaks in Canada’s federal prisons have been declared over, and staff and visitors are preparing for a“ new normal” that could be in place for years.
August 6, 2020
An inmate at Montreal’s Bordeaux jail has told CBC most inmates have no access to masks and have been locked down in their cells 19 hours a day since March.
August 5, 2020
Even though Public Safety Minister Bill Blair asked prison and parole officials this spring to consider releasing low-risk inmates early due to the threat posed by COVID-19, there was no increase in the number of prisoners released during the first three months of the pandemic compared to a year earlier.
August 4, 2020
COVID-19 could delay the trial of 15 men accused of badly beating a man at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in December 2019. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)
July 27, 2020
As Canadians learned with dawning horror the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ingredients for public-health disasters became clear: close quarters and limited access to proper health care, with disproportionate impacts on Black and South Asian communities.
July 22, 2020
A prisoner rights organization says inmates at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre have resumed a hunger strike in an effort to force authorities to improve conditions at the facility.
July 21, 2020
As prisons begin to allow visits for the first time after lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, one advocate says the provincial and federal prison systems should be looking at the safe release of prisoners as a public health measure.
July 19, 2020
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) announced that inmate visits have gradually resumed across the country.