Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement

“Solitary confinement deprives the prisoner of vital human contact. This practice has devastating effects on the prisoner’s mental and physical wellbeing, and constitutes the harshest form of punishment that may be administered in Canadian penitentiaries. As such, the ready, routine and prolonged use of solitary confinement in Canadian penitentiaries is unjustified, unethical, […]

CCLA Disappointed by Federal Government’s Inadequate Response to Ashley Smith Inquest Recommendations

On December 11, 2014, the Correctional Service of Canada released its response to the findings of the Ashley Smith inquest, nearly one full year following the inquest jury’s verdict and detailed recommendations. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association – which participated in the Ashley Smith inquest – is deeply disappointed with the Government’s response, which we […]

CCLA at Supreme Court on Assisted Suicide Case

Today the CCLA intervened before the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v. Attorney General of Canada, a case that challenges the Criminal Code’s current prohibition on assisted suicide.  This is the second time that the highest court will consider the issue.  In 1993, the Supreme Court in Rodriguez held that the absolute ban on […]

CCLA Argues there are Inadequate Safeguards for Person Detained under Ontario's Mental Health Law

The case of P.S. v. Ontario concerns an individual detained for over 18 years in a maximum security mental health facility, despite a broad consensus that he does not need to be in maximum security, and significant evidence that he may not need to be in an institution at all and may be eligible for […]

CCLA to Intervene in Challenge to Prohibition on Assisted Suicide

CCLA has been granted leave to intervene in Lee Carter, et al. v Attorney General of Canada et al. This case, scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada on October 15, 2014, is the second time the Supreme Court will consider the issue of decriminalizing assisted suicide-the first being the 1993 Rodriguez […]