Associate Dean Parkes in the Globe and Mail on the need for the rule of law in prisons
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:13

Following up on the Globe and Mail’s investigative feature on the death of Edward Snowshoe in a prison segregation cell, Associate Dean Debra Parkes has authored an op-ed on the need for independent oversight of solitary confinement and imprisonment more generally. 

As the article in The Globe and Mail begins:

Media attention surrounding the deaths of Edward Snowshoe and Ashley Smith, who spent months or years in solitary confinement, is making it increasingly difficult for Canadians to ignore this human-rights crisis. The damaging effects of solitary confinement (or segregation, as it’s called in Canada) are well known. A United Nations body recently called for states to prohibit solitary for young people and people with mental illness, indeed, for anyone for more than 15 days. Yet segregation is widespread in Canadian prisons. Its use is normalized, routine and increasing, with no enforced limits. Continue reading...

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