Home Page News Opinion Foreign Policy Politics Policy Legislation Lobbying Hill Life & People Hill Climbers Heard On The Hill Calendar Archives Classifieds
Hill Times Events Hill Times Books Hill Times Careers The Wire Report The Lobby Monitor Parliament Now
Subscribe Free Trial Reuse & Permissions Advertising
Log In
Opinion

Solitary confinement: abolition needed, not regulation

By Lynn McDonald      

The federal government has been embarrassed into action by scandalous cases of inmates left in solitary for months or even years. It began reducing its use of solitary in 2014, to find, in a review in 2016, that there was no increase in danger to staff. Yet it continues to believe that solitary is needed. It's not.

The Mandela Rules, which limit solitary to 15 days, are named after Nelson Mandela, who endured 27 years of prison before his release. He called solitary 'the most forbidding aspect of prison life. There is no end and no beginning; there is only one’s mind, which can begin to play tricks.'  Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Share a story
The story link will be added automatically.

TORONTO—Senator Kim Pate’s litany of the woes of Canadian corrections is a good starting point for taking on the issue of solitary confinement (“‘Repressive’ ‘risk-aversive’ corrections system needs parliamentary oversight,” The Hill Times, Nov. 28, p. 1). What is wrong with solitary (or “segregation” in corrections lingo) has been well-known for decades. It causes harm, mental and physical, even with terms as short as a few days. The over-representation of the mentally ill and Indigenous inmates continues, despite

This is an exclusive subscriber-only story by The Hill Times.
If you’d like to read the full article:

Subscribe Today

Already a Hill Times subscriber? Sign in here:

Check to see if you have corporate access:

Reuse and Permissions:

Unauthorized distribution, transmission, reuse or republication of any and all content is strictly prohibited. To discuss re-use of this material, please contact:

Chris Rivoire, Director of Reader Sales and Services
613-288-1146 | circulation@hilltimes.com

More in News

Liberal staffer urges all political parties to address mental health challenges facing some Hill staffers, after his attempted suicide on the Hill

News|By Abbas Rana
Paul Wernick, son of PCO clerk Michael Wernick and EA to rookie Liberal MP Francis Drouin, says staffers and MPs shouldn't be drinking away their stress, but should be embracing an overall healthier Hill workplace.

Two former Ontario Liberal cabinet ministers, Takhar, Sousa, considering run for Peel region chair

News|By Abbas Rana
Two former high-profile Ontario Liberal cabinet ministers are considering running to be chair of the Peel region in the Oct. 22 municipal elections. Harinder Takhar, who held several portfolios in the Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen…

New Info Commissioner Maynard already making her mark, and reducing backlog is priority No. 1

The Information Commissioner’s office started 2018-19 with a backlog of 3,489 complaints, after a 20 per cent increase in new complaints filed in 2017-18.

House spring sitting most productive one for Trudeau government, 14 bills received royal assent in last six months

Centrepiece legislative achievements include the final passage of the Cannabis Act, and the government’s corresponding drug-impaired driving bill.

Trudeau’s comments on child separation built on deck of political realities stacked higher by Trump factor, say observers

News|By Jolson Lim
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday called the separation of migrant children from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's new zero-tolerance policy as “wrong” and “unacceptable.” For some Canadians outraged after seeing…

Feds unveil new requirements in its funding for infrastructure projects

The new rules will extend to projects under review through the feds’ Smart Cities Challenge, a $75-million competition among cities to encourage innovation, and the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

Trudeau in the ‘penalty box,’ Conservatives top Liberals, poll suggests

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Conservatives have 36 per cent support, while the governing Liberals fall slightly behind, at 34 per cent, and the NDP is at 18 per cent, according to new Campaign Research poll results.

‘We’re in uncharted waters’: public personal attacks unprecedented in Canada-U.S. relationship, say ex-ambassadors to Washington, Ottawa

News|By Neil Moss
Several ex-U.S. envoys say the current ambassador, Kelly Craft, is in a tougher spot than they were, and at least one Canadian is emailing with her to provide support.

Extreme partisanship to blame for sustained spike in time allocation, ex-MPs say

‘The challenge is for people to actually act like grown-ups, work behind the scenes,’ says former Conservative House leader Jay Hill.