CPEP’s Blog is an excellent source for up to the minute news, data, research, reports, and commentary about prisons in so-called Canada. It is maintained by criminology professors and students from Carleton University and Ottawa University, along with concerned community members with policy, research and lived experiences pertaining to the Canadian penal system.

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  • Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions - November 2020
    by Administrator on December 1, 2020

    649 Newly Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Jails, Prisons and Penitentiaries in November 2020 Federal Prisoners = 116 Provincial-Territorial Prisoners = 426 Total Prisoners = 542 Federal Prison Staff = 18 Provincial-Territorial Prison Staff = 89 Total Prison Staff = 107 Significance of Findings From when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic on 11 March 2020 to 17 July 2020 (a period of just over four months), there were a reported 600 prisoners and 229 prison staff members, […]

  • Top Ten Reasons Why We Stand in Solidarity With Local Residents Fighting to Stop the Construction of a New Provincial Prison in Kemptville
    by Administrator on November 26, 2020

    The Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) is a group comprised of professors and students from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, current and former prisoners, their loved ones, and other people dedicated to building safer communities for all. Since the group’s founding in 2012, members have sought to reduce the use and harms of imprisonment in the short-term through initiatives like the Jail Accountability & Information Line. CPEP has also pursued more […]

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions - October 2020
    by Administrator on November 6, 2020

    LIST OF INSTITUTIONS IMPACTED AND SOURCES  337 Reported COVID-19 Cases Linked to  Canadian Jails, Prisons and Penitentiaries in October 2020 Federal Prisoners = 0 Provincial-Territorial Prisoners = 237 Total Prisoners = 237 Federal Prison Staff = 10 Provincial-Territorial Prison Staff = 90 Total Prison Staff = 100 Federal / Correctional Service Canada (CSC)Millhaven Institution Prisoners = 0 Staff = 1 Total = 1 Source: Kingston Whig-Standard (19 October 2020)   Saskatchewan […]

  • Say #NOPE | No Ottawa Police Expansion and #YES | Yes to Equality and Supports Mayor Watson and Ottawa City Councillors!
    by Administrator on November 5, 2020

    In the wake of many lives shattered by the violence of policing and anti-racist calls to #DefundThePolice, the Ottawa Police Service once again has the audacity to propose an increase of its budget, requesting an additional 3% or $13.2 million in more funding for 2021. With this money, the city could instead invest in at least one of the measures included in an infographics series by the Criminalization that would actually enhance community well-being and safety. Click the images below to check […]

  • New prison infrastructure won’t address the vast majority of issues reported to the JAIL hotline by human beings caged at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre
    by Administrator on September 21, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 21 September 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – Late last month and amid the defund the police movement in which Indigenous and Black peoples are calling for divestment from all oppressive and harmful racist institutions across Canada, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the provincial government’s plan to increase their capacity to cage people by over 400 beds. Their plan includes renovating the notorious Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC), […]

  • PJD Vigil Taking Place in Ottawa at Major's Hill Park Tonight at 7:30pm
    by Administrator on August 10, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa vigil being held evening of August 10th, 2020 on Prisoners’ Justice Day to commemorate deaths in custody and demand justice for human rights abuses behind bars 10 August 2020 (Algonquin Territory | Ottawa, Ontario) – Former Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) prisoners and their loved ones will be speaking at a Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD) vigil taking place tonight starting at 7:30pm at Major’s Hill Park (by the Unfinished Sun Dial, near the steps […]

  • Legal notice served to OCDC in support of the human rights of Indigenous prisoners
    by Administrator on July 30, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More than 70 civil society organizations endorse legal notice demanding that the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre respect the human rights of Indigenous prisoners 30 July 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – This morning, counsel for the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) delivered a legal notice to the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) demanding the jail respects its legal responsibilities to accommodate the spiritual and […]

  • Hunger strike ends at OCDC as the struggle to end carceral violence continues
    by Administrator on July 28, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Prisoners end the hunger strike at the Ottawa jail for health reasons, but continue   the protest while facing retribution for defending their human rights 28 July 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – In a call for recognition and justice, people imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) organized and initiated a hunger strike the morning of July 22nd to protest oppressive conditions at the jail and in the wider community. They […]

  • Rally in solidarity with hunger strikers at the Ottawa jail today at 10am
    by Administrator on July 24, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Solidarity rally being held today at 10am at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre in support of more than 70 hunger strikers at the jail 24 July 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – Today marks the third day of the second hunger strike at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) in less that two months. Members of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) and other community members will rally in front of OCDC today at 10:00am in […]

  • Hunger strike begins at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre
    by Administrator on July 22, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE People imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre begin a hunger strike after the jail failed to honour the agreement that brought a previous hunger strike to an end on June 4th 22 July 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – Today, people incarcerated at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) began a hunger strike demanding immediate changes to jail conditions. This action follows a 31-hour hunger strike initiated on June 3rd during which […]