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Push for prison reform growing across Canada

Prison in Sherbrooke

We have all been horrified by the death of Soleiman Faqiri while in custody in Ontario, and are standing with the family to demand answers.  Mr. Faqiri's death was the latest of fifteen deaths last year at a correctional facility, or at a hospital following a transfer from a facility, in Ontario.  These deaths are the most awful consequence of the heedless expansion of the prison system over the past decade.

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Criminalization and harassment of LGBTQ prisoners in Kitchener's federal prison

December 12, 2015
| A summary of the "Being Queer is Not Illegal" campaign at the Federal Jail in Kitchener, and wrongfully convicted GVI prisoner Nyki Kish reads one of her new blog posts.
Length: 22:14 minutes (30.56 MB)
Photo: TheGiantVermin/flickr
| October 1, 2015
May 6, 2015 |
A new report by the Public Services Foundation of Canada shows that our provincial jails are chronically overcrowded, with terrible consequences for all of us.
Photo: rabble.ca
| December 1, 2014

Why doesn't the justice system help abused women?

Photo: flickr/meesh

A woman is being abused by her partner. She calls 911 for help. The police arrive and... arrest the woman for defending herself.

Some are under the impression that when a woman is being abused by her male partner, all she has to do is call 911 and the police will arrive like knights in shining armour. The abusive man will be charged with assault and convicted. The rescued woman will be safe from harm.

However, this is not always the reality.

For many women in Canada who experience domestic abuse and decide to call the police, they often find when the police arrive, they are also arrested because of mandatory charge policies.

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