The government is facing class-action lawsuits and a constitutional challenge based on the conditions thousands of prisoners are being kept in that advocates describe as similar to solitary confinement.
Prisoners are serving ‘much, much harsher sentences’ amid COVID-19, says prison watchdog Ivan Zinger. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The federal government is vulnerable to legal challenges based on the “harsher,” solitary-like conditions thousands of prisoners have been kept in amid COVID-19, says Canada’s prison watchdog.
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CSC says the external reviewers act as a ‘key safeguard’ to the new ‘structured intervention unit' approach, but the researchers say it's precisely that ‘legitimacy’ the oversight lends that makes its failure a problem.
Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government to back the waiver as it has received support from the U.S. and more than 30 Liberal MPs are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to champion the initiative.