Monday November 27, 2017 Panel Discussion: A crossroads for our city: a new and bigger jail or alternatives for reducing imprisonment?

In May 2017, the Ontario government suddenly, and without consultation, announced plans to replace Ottawa’s crowded, much-criticized, and scandal-ridden Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre with a new jail that would hold 140 more prisoners – a 24 per cent increase – and cost an estimated half a billion dollars or more. About two thirds of prisoners currently in OCDC are on remand awaiting court dates in our increasingly clogged legal system, often as a result of bail breaches for relatively minor violations.

Join us at the Ottawa Main Library auditorium at 6 pm for a panel discussion and public dialogue about whether the new jail is the most humane, productive, and cost-effective way to deal with social problems that affect Ottawa and much of the jail population such as poverty, homelessness, mental health, and drug and alcohol issues. Panelists will be announced shorty.


Past Events

September 26 and 28, 2017: No On Prison Expansion / #NOPE! teach-ins at uOttawa and Carleton U – Let‘s stop a jail from getting built in Ottawa!

May 26, 2016: OCDC prisoners launch class-action lawsuit 

May 12, 2016: Ottawa’s Jail: The Costs of Human Warehousing, Ottawa City Hall

April 5th, 2016: Decarcerate OCDC: Exploring Alternatives to Criminalization and Punishment5 April at 9:00– 11:00, UOttawa, Faculty of Social Sciences Room 4004

March 21, 2016: Call out for stories Experiences with ion scanners in Canadian prisons: Have you experienced a ‘false positive’ on the ion scanner when visiting a Canadian prison? If so, we want to hear your story.

March 3, 2016: ‘Shocking’ solitary stats for inmates

March 2, 2016: ‘Desperate measures’: Spike in female inmates proves prison system isn’t working, expert says

March 1, 2016: Data reveal ‘shocking’ numbers of Ontario inmates in solitary

Feb. 26, 2016: Drugs — but no help for addicts — available at detention centre, prisoners say

Feb. 22, 2016: Ottawa lawyer applauds Liberal government’s first step to bail reform

Feb. 15, 2016: Ottawa’s jail troubled, says NDP critic

Feb. 10, 2016: Minister to form working group to address overcrowding in jails, says OPSEU