Charter Rights · Defense · Policy

30+ days in Solitary Confinement: Could You Survive?

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?

Charter Rights · Defense

Disclosure Rights: The Door Opens a Little Bit Wider

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

Defense · Intimate Partner Abuse

Female Victims of Abuse—Morally Blameworthy for Offenses Committed Under Duress?

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?