The Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) launched the Jail Accountability & Information Line (JAIL) in December 2018 with the goal of holding Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) and Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General staff and management accountable for the treatment of people imprisoned at the provincial site of human caging on Innes Road by tracking and resolving human rights abuses, while also providing information to incarcerated callers about their rights and resources available to them to facilitate their return to the community (see reports and resources below). Since its launch, the initiative has taken thousands of calls from imprisoned people and their loved ones who have worked together to reduce the harms and use of imprisonment at OCDC, while working towards decarceral futures. No longer affiliated with CPEP, the JAIL hotline continues its prisoner solidarity work, while also engaged in mutual aid and community defence work in the community.
CONTACT AND FOLLOW THE WORK OF THE JAIL HOTLINE
SUPPORT JAIL HOTLINE INITIATIVES
You can support the JAIL hotline’s prisoner solidarity, mutual aid and community defence work by:
- Inquiring about volunteer opportunities or making arrangements for a donation via an email to email@example.com; and/or
- 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.
JAIL HOTLINE REPORTS AND RESOURCES
Ontario Jail Phone System Report: https://cp-ep.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Ontario-Jail-Telephone-Report_JAIL-Hotline_Final_October-2019.pdf
Open Letter on Healthcare in Prisons: https://cp-ep.org/open-letter-on-healthcare-in-prisons/
Complaints Procedures Report: https://cp-ep.org/jail-hotline-report/
Habeas Corpus Guide: https://cp-ep.org/habeas-corpus-guide-launch/
From September 2019 to March 2021, the JAIL hotline’s oversight work documenting conditions of confinement, the provision of legal information, and building bridges to legal services was funded through a Responsive Grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The JAIL hotline was also supported through the Research Support Program administered by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa from May 2020 to August 2022. CPEP thanks them both for their support.