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Bill C-83 needs to pass by the time Parliament rises in the summer

By ISG Senator Marty Klyne      

The B.C. Court of Appeal says that while segregation must end, it would be dangerous to end it with no better alternative in place. In other words, Bill C-83 needs to pass by the time Parliament rises in the summer.

Sen. Kim Pate, pictured in 2017 on a fact-finding mission with other Senators, receives a note from a prisoner at the Regional Reception Centre in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Que. Bill C-83 goes a long way in exceeding the United Nations’ Mandela Rules for the treatment of prisoners and in solving the issues inherent in the CCRA, writes ISG Senator Marty Kline. Photograph courtesy of the Senate

In the context of our prison system, Canadians unfamiliar with the term administrative segregation might think of this as solitary confinement. Basically, this is when an offender is separated from the general prison population for reasons of safety.

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