JAIL Hotline Community Announcement

The JAIL hotline seeks volunteers and donations as it prepares to relaunch on 10 December 2021 to mark its’ third anniversary

TEMPORARY REDUCED HOURS

After taking thousands of calls from imprisoned people and their loved ones with the shared goal of organizing together to reduce the harms and use of imprisonment at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre while working towards decarceral futures, members of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project involved in the Jail Accountability & Information Line (JAIL) will be focusing our efforts in the coming weeks on building the hotline’s call intake and resolution, as well as mutual aid capacity to deepen the impact of this initiative as we mark its third anniversary on December 10th. Beginning today until December 10th , the hotline will be taking phone calls from people imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre and their loved ones every Tuesday from 11:30am to 8:00pm. Legal information hours by students from the University of Ottawa Prison Law Clinic will also take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 11:30am. We will resume taking calls every weekday starting on December 10 th with expanded hours of operation (to be announced).

VOLUNTEER WITH THE JAIL HOTLINE

If you are interested in volunteering for our call intake and resolution or mutual aid work, please click here to complete our application form. Selected applicants will be invited to attend one of two JAIL Hotline Prisoner Solidarity Academy training sessions being offered later this month on Tuesday, November 23rd from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, November 27th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

DONATE TO JAIL HOTLINE INITIATIVES

Please support our prisoner solidarity work and people imprisoned at the Ottawa jail by:

  • Making a donation through the uOttawa CPEP Fund to cover JAIL hotline coordination and phone call costs
  • Sending a contribution via an automatic e-transfer to jpp@uottawa.ca for our Starter Packs For Newly Released Neighbours (with Hit the Streets) and Pen Packs initiatives that provide material and financial support to people being released into the community or being transferred to another site of human caging from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre
  • Sending a contribution to the Prisoner Emergency Support Fund (with the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project) through GoFundMe to provide current prisoners across Ontario with the ability to purchase essential items such as food from the canteen to supplement their diets and the cost of phone calls, as well as former prisoners who need funds for housing, food, clothing, and physical and mental health supports upon their release from state custody.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding pop-up fundraising events in Ottawa and our third anniversary celebration!

CONTACT AND FOLLOW US TO LEARN MORE

Email: jailhotline@gmail.com
Twitter: @jail_line
Instagram: @CPEPgroup
Facebook: @CPEPgroup

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!