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Liberals Unveil Bill to End Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons

Liberals Unveil Bill to End Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons

White, Patrick. “Liberals Unveil Bill to End Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons.” The Globe and Mail. October 16, 2018. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-liberals-introduce-bill-to-end-solitary-confinement-in-federal-prisons/.

The Canadian Liberal Party has introduced a bill that would end the Correctional Service of Canada’s use of solitary confinement. Bill C-83 “would eliminate two forms of solitary confinement currently used in federal prisons–administrative segregation and disciplinary segregation–and replace them with specialized living units that would provide high-risk” incarcerated people “at least four hours a day outside their cells and two hours a day of human interaction.” If passed, this legislation would have no effect on provincial jails, which house people awaiting trial or those who have been convicted and sentenced to less than two years. There is skepticism among advocates, however, who worry that this new policy could lead to a widespread practice they call “segregation-light,” as the bill does not place time limits on segregation placements or require for independent oversight of segregation decisions.

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