Robert Langevin Dies of COVID-19 Behind Bars

22 May 2020 – The Abolition Coalition would like to express our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Robert Langevin, a 72-year-old human being who died of COVID-19 while held captive…

Ramadan update at OCDC

On May 7th, 2020, legal counsel to the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project(CPEP) wrote to the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre(OCDC) requesting the jail accommodate Muslim prisoners on an urgent basis after the OCDC repeatedly failed to…

CPEP Signs on to Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s…

CPEP signed on to Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network's open letter to call for the immediate decriminalization of simple drug possession, which is an important step towards the decriminalization of people. Other organizations can sign on…

Webinar – The Prison State During the Pandemic…

UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE WEBINAR! The Prison State During the Pandemic: Assessing Abolitionist Gains and Future Directions Since the onset of COVID-19, news coverage has been saturated with stories about community organizing and mutual-aid…

Webinar, May 25th, A De-Carceral City.

UPDATED WITH LINK TO THE VIDEO. This online webinar - "A De-carceral City: Redefining Safety, Building Community" - brings together local community organizers to reimagine what it means to be safe in Ottawa situated on…

CPEP Joins Health for All National Coalition

The Healthcare for All National Coalition has come together with over 200 civil society organizations nationally, including CPEP, and sent an open letter to the federal government calling for them to work closely with provincial…

May 14th – Prison is a Death Sentence:…

UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE ACTIONS AND WEBINAR! Across the country, people of conscience have been rising in solidarity with prisoners to ensure that no one is left behind in our response to the spread…

This Mother’s Day LET US TALK!

This Mother's Day take action to ensure that families can stay connected to their loved ones behind bars. Send a message to Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General, and Bell Canada using our simple e-mail tool: https://cp-ep.org/free-calls-for-prisoners/.…

CPEP, Legal Counsel, and 60 Orgs Demand OCDC…

The Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, with the support of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and backed by 60 civil society organizations, is calling upon the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre and the Ontario Ministry of…

CPEP Activist Burnout Guide

Today CPEP is publishing a new self-care handout for people to download, print, and share on the internet. Being an activist/organizer is very hard and it's important to understand what burnout is and how to…

Bars to Break Bars!(Cap City Cyphers Session 21…

UPDATED WITH VIDEO! SESSION 21! A Fundraiser for The Prisoner Emergency Support Fund! In collab w/ CPEP! Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 6:13pm-8:19pm! Join us for our first online collaboration with CPEP! We have a…

April 30 Indigenous Knowledge and Abolition LIVE Webinar…

UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE WEBINAR! Indigenous Knowledge and Abolition: Criminalization, Decolonization and Lessons from Indigenous Justice Systems. The 5th in our weekly series of webinars focusing on prison abolition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Processes…

CPEP Takes Part in Multi-City #FreeThemAll Caravan

This morning, CPEP took part in the Free Them All Caravan against imprisonment, which rolled by the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. Check-out the photos & watch the video! Governments from coast to coast to coast need…

April 23 Supporting Those Left Inside LIVE Webinar…

UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE WEBINAR - Supporting Those Left Inside: Meeting Needs Behind Prison Walls During the Pandemic While a significant number of prisoners are being released or diverted from detention across Canada, the…

April 18th, A Wall is Just a Wall…

UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE WEBINAR! Please join us for our open mic fundraiser for the Prisoner Emergency Support Fund. We will be joined by poets, storytellers, singers and rappers from across Turtle Island to…

Don’t Kill, Bill! Email Zap

Two weeks have passed since media outlets reported that Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair asked the heads of Correctional Services Canada(CSC) and the Parole Board of Canada(PBC) to put together a plan to release…

New Press Release via CPEP

Government of Ontario needs to take additional steps to reduce the use and harms of imprisonment at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre during the COVID-19 crisis 6 April 2020 (Ottawa / Algonquin Territory) – Over the…

April 2nd No One Is Disposable LIVE Webinar…

UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE WEBINAR! Part of the ongoing #containcovidnotpeople conversation. Despite the immense dangers posed to prisoners during COVID-19, thousands of people remain behind bars in Canada and individuals continue to be newly…

March 26 Contain COVID Not People Live Webinar!

UPDATED with video of the entire webinar! The current COVID-19 pandemic has raised significant concerns for the health and safety of incarcerated peoples who cannot, as per public health recommendations, practice social distancing. Recognizing this…

Education Panel. March 3rd, 2020 | 6:30pm –…

Crowding, violence, suicides, mistreatment of prisoners with mental illness, grossly inadequate healthcare, prolonged use of solitary confinement, and other conditions at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) on Innes Road have been a frequent source of…

Souheil Benslimane on CanadaLand

Souheil Benslimane, coordinator and co-founder of the Jail Accountability and Information Line and co-author of a report that calls Bell’s contract with with Ontario prisons “predatory", sits down with Canada Land host Jesse Brown. READ…

Bell Let Us Talk Protest January 29th at…

Art --- Speeches --- Action SPEAKERS: - Souheil Benslimane (Lead Coordinator, Jail Accountability & Information Line) - Farhat Rehman (Member, MOMS / Mothers Offering Mutual Support) - Michael Spratt (Partner / Certified Specialist in Criminal…