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  • Remembering David, a father of two who died from a suspected drug overdose at the Innes Road jail in Ottawa
    by Administrator on February 19, 2021

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE19 February 2021 (Ottawa / Algonquin Territory) – Last week, a number of people imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) called the Jail Accountability & Information Line (JAIL) because they noticed a spike in non-fatal overdoses at the jail on Innes Road. They told us that they were worried that future overdoses would be fatal. Given the high risk of overdose in jail environments, we were also concerned. Unfortunately, our worries became a […]

  • More Than 6,200 COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions
    by Administrator on February 7, 2021

     * Updated: 28 February 2021 at 6:30pm EST *OVERALLPrisoners = 4,805Staff = 1,364Contractors = 7 Undisclosed = 86Total = 6,262Canadian Jurisdictions with Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to their Carceral Institutions as of 26 February 2021 Federal | Correctional Service Canada = 1,630 (1,334 prisoners | 296 staff)Federal | Canadian Border Services Agency = 6 (4 prisoners | 1 staff | 1 contractor)Nova Scotia = 1 (1 prisoner | 0 staff)New Brunswick = 2 (0 prisoners | 2 staff)Quebec = 796 […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to British Columbia Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on February 7, 2021

    * Updated 27 February 2021 at 4:40pm EST *176 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to British Columbia Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 26 February 2021Prisoners = 127Staff =  49Total = 176INSTITUTIONS AND CASESFraser Regional Correctional CentrePrisoners = 30Staff = 5Total = 35Source: CTV News (26 February 2021)North Fraser Pretrial CentrePrisoners = 1 + 22Staff = 0 + 7Total = 30Sources: Vancouver Sun (25 September 2020) | CTV News (26 February 2021)Okanagan Correctional CentrePrisoners = 1 […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Alberta Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on February 7, 2021

    * Updated: 27 February 2021 at 4:30pm EST *1,301 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Alberta Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 26 February 2021 *Prisoners = 1,006 Staff = 209Contractors = 2Undisclosed = 86Total = 1,301* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are fewer or additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst Alberta provincial prisoners and prison staff […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Saskatchewan Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on February 7, 2021

    * Updated 13 February 2021 at 11:05am EST *590 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Saskatchewan Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 12 February 2021 *Prisoners = 454 Staff = 136Total = 590* Data based on figures made publicly available through government and media reporting. INSTITUTIONS AND CASESRegina Correctional CentrePrisoners = 170Staff = 44Total = 214Source: Saskatoon Star Phoenix (12 February 2021)Saskatoon Correctional CentrePrisoners = 178Staff = 60Total = 238Source: Saskatoon Star […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Manitoba Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on February 7, 2021

     * Updated: 27 February 2021 at 3:45pm EST *580 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Manitoba Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 26 February 2021Prisoners = 461 Staff = 119Total = 580INSTITUTIONS AND CASESAgassiz Youth CentrePrisoners = 13Staff = 5Total = 18Source: Data MB (26 February 2021)Brandon Correctional CentrePrisoners = 90Staff = 19Total = 109Source: Data MB (26 February 2021) Headingly Correctional CentrePrisoners = 214 Staff = 46 Total = 260Source: Data MB (26 February […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Ontario Provincial Jails and Prisons
    by Administrator on February 7, 2021

     * Updated: 27 February 2021 at 3:45pm EST *1,178 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Ontario Provincial Jails and Prisons as of 26 February 2021 *Prisoners = 907 Staff = 267Contractor = 4Total = 1,178* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst Ontario provincial jail and prison staff that have not been publicly […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Federal Penitentiaries
    by Administrator on February 7, 2021

     * Updated: 28 February 2021 at 6:25pm EST *1,630 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Federal Penitentiaries Operated by Correctional Service Canada | CSC as of 25 February 2021 *Prisoners = 1,334Staff = 296Total = 1,630* Data based on figures made publicly available through government, union and media reporting. Due to the quality of the data available, it is possible that there are fewer or additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst federal penitentiary staff that have not […]

  • Carceral Depopulation in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    by Administrator on February 3, 2021

    * Updated: 3 February 2021 at 4:00pm *OverallPre-pandemic | February 2020 = 37,976June 2020 = 30,580 (-19.5% pre-pandemic levels)January 2020 = to be compiled once data is available from all jurisdictionsCorrectional Service Canada | FederalPre-pandemic | February 2020 = 13,891June 2020 = 13,141 (-5% pre-pandemic levels)11 January 2021 = 12,500 (-10% pre-pandemic levels)Newfoundland and Labrador | ProvincialPre-pandemic | February 2020 = 310June 2020 = 187 (-40% pre-pandemic levels)January 2021 […]

  • More Than 5,300 COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions by End of January 2021
    by Administrator on January 23, 2021

    * Updated: 5 February 2021 at 11:10am (figures remain pre-February 2021) *OVERALLPrisoners = 4,125Staff = 1,232Contractors = 6 Total = 5,363Canadian Jurisdictions with Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to their Carceral Institutions as of 31 January 2021 Federal | Correctional Service Canada = 1,537 (1,241 prisoners | 296 staff)Nova Scotia = 1 (1 prisoner | 0 staff)Quebec = 525 (292 prisoners | 233 staff) Ontario = 820 (597 prisoners | 219 staff | 4 contractors)Manitoba = 572 (454 prisoners | […]