Your rights as a prisoner and the rights of prisons
- Ontario’s Inmate Information Guide is a Ministry document outlining the rights of provincial prisoners in Ontario.
- The Elizabeth Fry Society’s Human Rights in Action Handbook for women in Ontario institutions contains information about female prisoners’ human rights.
- The Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services Act outlines policies for provincial institutions.
- The United Nation’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners outlines international standards for prisoners’ human rights.
Our Scribd account contains assorted ATI and other documents and educational material available to be downloaded and printed.
John Howard Society, Solitary confinement – A first hand account, November 2018
John Howard Society, Crime and criminal justice topics blog, November 2018
Debra Parkes, Mandatory minimum sentences for murder should be abolished, Globe and Mail, September 2018
Independent Review of Ontario Corrections, Directions for Reform Backgrounder, October, 2017
Corrections Canada, Missed Opportunities: The Experience of Young Adults Incarcerated in Federal Penitentiaries – Final Report, August, 2017
Segregation in Ontario, Independent Review of Ontario Corrections, March 2017
OCDC Task Force Progress Report #3, March 2017
Rachelle Larocque, (Independent Review of Ontario) Segregation In Ontario: Segregation Literature Review January 2017.
Independent Review of Ontario Corrections (IROC) Report, September 2017
The OCDC Community Advisory Board’s 2016 Annual Report
The OCDC Community Advisory Board’s 2015 Annual Report
OCDC Task Force Progress Report #2 September 2016
OCDC Task Force Progress Report #1, June 2016
OCDC Task Force Terms of Reference 2016
OCDC Task Force Action Plan 2016
Public Services Foundation of Canada: Crisis in Correctional Services: Overcrowding and inmates with mental health problems in provincial correctional facilities , April 2015
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Set Up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-trial Detention, July 2014
The John Howard Society of Ontario: Unlocking Change: Decriminalizing Mental Health Issues in Ontario, August 2015
John Howard Society of Ontario: A Day in the Life of a Prisoner in Ontario
Julie Bilotta Statement of Claim in relation to her son’s birth at OCDC
John Howard Society of Ontario: Visiting a Loved One Inside? A handbook for people visiting a prisoner at an adult correctional facility in Ontario
Ontario Government 2014 Mandate letter to Community Safety and Correctional Minister Yasir Naqvi, September 2014
Elizabeth Fry: Human and Fiscal Costs of Prison, 2013
Schizophrenia Society of Ontario: Provincial Correctional Response To Individuals with Mental Illness in Ontario: A Review of the Literature, March 2012
CPEP in the news
Laucius, Joanne (February 1, 2019) Bell, let’s talk about making it easier for inmates to call from jail, say protesters.
CBC News (January 30, 2019) Protesters call on Bell to fix phone system for inmates.
Speight, Sarah; Benslimane, Souheil; Doyle, Aaron; Piche, Justin. (January 25, 2019) Ontario must address urgent health issues at Ottawa jail.
CBC News (January 15, 2019) Health worries dominate talk on new jail hotline.
Laucius, Joanne ( January 15, 2019) 148 calls to jail complaints hotline in its first month.
Piché, Justin; Doyle, Aaron; Speight, Sarah; Benslimane, Souheil (December 9, 2018) Stop jailing people with mental health issues. It kills.
Deachman, Bruce (December 9, 2018) Detention centre hotline to open for inmates and their families.
Piché, Justin (September 2018) Doug Ford’s support for a new Ottawa jail will be costly and ineffective.
Desmarais, Anne (May 31, 2018) Local candidates at odds over future of ‘notorious’ Ottawa jail.
National Alliance for Evidence-Based Drug Policy (04/16/2018) Dear Liberal Party To Help End Overdose Death Crisis, Decriminalize Now.
Piché, Justin; Doyle, Aaron (May 5, 2018) There are many alternatives to a bigger jail in Ottawa.
McAleese, Samantha (April 7, 2018) Liberals, we’re still waiting for ‘Real Change’ on pardons.
Spears, Tom (April 25, 2018) Protesters want better community support, not bigger jail.
Doyle, Aaron; Piché, Justin (December 7, 2017) Ottawa jail project needs more transparency.
Piché Justin, (November 9 2017) Here’s why we should stop planning for a new jail.
Piché, Justin (July 10, 2017) Why a new Ottawa jail won’t necessarily make things better.
Piché, Justin (May 7, 2017) The new Ottawa jail will just become another hellhole – don’t build it.
Seymour, Andrew (May 4, 2017) Few details on newly promised 725-bed jail.
Doyle, Aaron and Piché, Justin (February 6, 2017) The solution to jail violence isn’t to build more or bigger jails.
McCooey, Paula (December 14, 2016) OCDC failing inmates with mental illness, supporters say.
CBC News (October 27, 2016) A look inside the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
Dickson, Janice (Aug 10, 2016) ‘They’re killing our people’: Former inmate on Canada’s penitentiaries.
Jones Allison, (June 1, 2016) Offenders with mental health needs shouldn’t be in jail: task force report.
CBC News (June 2, 2016) Bail system remains divisive issue in Ottawa jail reform.
CBC News (May 12, 2016) Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre conditions prompt public forum tonight.
Seymour, Andrew (May 9, 2016) Inmate who gave birth in segregation cell among speakers at forum on Ottawa jail.
McKendy, Laura (April 11, 2016) Re-evaluate who spends time in prison.
Ottawa Sun/Postmedia (April 2, 2016) Firing superintendent won’t cure what ails the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
Clavette, Joey (January 26, 2016) Punishment at what cost?: Human Rights issues escalate tensions at Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
Sison, Karen-Luz (January 7, 2016) Students Document Ottawa Jail Conditions.
Cooley, Sam (December 1, 2015) Ottawa panel calls for end to solitary confinement.
CBC News (December 1, 2015) Prison experts call on Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to restrict solitary confinement.
Seymour, Andrew; Cobb, Chris (November 8, 2015) Overcrowded, understaffed detention centre failing inmates and guards, says new report.
Egan, Kelly (April 19, 2015) Profs, moms, lawyers alarmed at jail conditions at Innes Road.
Butler, Patrick (March 19, 2015) Carleton Students Rally for Better Prison Conditions.
CBC (March 5, 2015) Corrections Canada pushing ahead with electronic monitoring of offenders.
Sibley, Robert (October 2, 2014) Court system undermines the legal presumption of innocence, forum hears.
Seymour, Andrew (June 23, 2014) ‘Horrific conditions’ in crowded jails signal need for overhaul, says John Howard Society.
Cheadle, Bruce (April 2, 2013) Former convicts reluctant to go public for forum on pardons.
Cheadle, Bruce; Dib, Lina (March 10, 2013) Parole Board hires staff to finally tackle backlog of old pardon applications.