Homicide - Verdict in the Ashley Smith Inquest

The jury of five delivered their verdict this morning, determining that Ashley Smith died as a result of homicide.

This is a sad victory, as justice can never be done for Ashley Smith.

However, CCLA is hoping it will result in a clear message sent to the Correctional Service of Canada that significant changes need to be [...]

CCLA Calls on Police Services Board to Stop Racial Profiling and Carding

On November 18th, 2013, CCLA participated in a special community meeting held by the Toronto Police Services Board on racial profiling and carding.  The Board heard from 23 deputations on the Toronto Police Service’s PACER report, and on the response to it by Board Chair Dr. Mukherjee.

CCLA’s submissions called for an end to the practice [...]

Who Guards the Guards: Prisons and Public Accountability - Public Lecture with Prof. Andrew Coyle

This October, CCLA invited Prof. Andrew Coyle to Toronto to testify as an expert witness at the Ashley Smith Inquest. Prof. Coyle is Professor Emeritus of Prison Studies in the School of Law, King’s College, University of London. Between 1997 and 2005 he was Director of the International Centre for Prison Studies in the same [...]

The Ashley Smith Inquest Resumes

In October 2007, Ashley Smith died tragically at the age of 19 inside her prison cell after tying a ligature around her neck, while prison guards – instructed not to intervene before she stopped breathing – watched. A public inquest into her death began in January 2013. Inquests are always held when an inmate dies [...]

CCLA Urges Toronto Police Services Board to End Random Street Checks and Reject Delays

CCLA has provided submissions to the Toronto Police Services Board, urging the Board to put a stop to the police practice of random “street checks” (also known as carding).  In addition, CCLA objected to delays in the provision of data and reports on these topics to the Board, given that this information is needed for [...]