Ashley Smith: 840 days (over 2 years). Adam Capay: 1,560 days (over 4 years). Unnamed Inmate: 6,273 days (over 17 years). The number of consecutive days these federal prisoners spent in administrative segregation. Federal Prisons, acting under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), can remove inmates from the general population placing them in solitary… Continue reading 30+ days in Solitary Confinement: Could You Survive?
Graham is a homeless, unemployed, drug addict who stole $10 worth of chicken fingers for dinner one night. After his arrest, Graham spent 6 weeks in pre-trial detention before the Crown agreed to a plea bargain. His arrest and conviction—for the $10 worth of chicken fingers he stole—cost over $7,000. This was not Graham’s first… Continue reading Smart on Crime, Not Tough on Crime
Early on an August morning, at 1:52 am, Constable Boldirev pulled Mr. Mohamed Hamed over for failing to signal his lane change. Constable Boldirev smelled marijuana and observed flakes of marijuana inside the vehicle. Constable Boldirev then arrested Hamed for possession of marijuana, punched Hamed twice in the head, and put Hamed in the police… Continue reading Disclosure Rights: The Door Opens a Little Bit Wider
In July 2016, the Supreme Court revisited the accused’s right to a speedy trial, protected by section 11(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and framed Jordan as a landmark decision for accused persons’ rights. But the policy implications of this decision may, in fact, negatively affect the rights of the accused.
Duress cases often arise in situations of intimate partner violence—a woman commits a criminal offense because her usually male abuser threatens her. In the last 30 years, the law of self-defence has evolved in the context of abusive relationships. For example, a woman who kills or injures her abusive partner is excused from criminal punishment,… Continue reading Female Victims of Abuse—Morally Blameworthy for Offenses Committed Under Duress?