Welcome to John Howard Society of Manitoba
John Howard Society of Canada is very pleased to be joining with the BCCLA in launching legal action today to clarify whether Charter protections are being respected for federal prisoners subjected to solitary confinement/administrative segregation. This is a priority for us given the resolution at our AGM last October and our 5 Point Plan to Improve Corrections.
Too many federal prisoners suffer from mental illnesses which worsen when in solitary confinement. Others develop mental health issues when subjected to the sensory deprivation of longer term solitary confinement and behavioural problems are exacerbated. It is particularly troubling when vulnerable prisoners, like Ashley Smith and Eddie Snowshoe die alone in misery. Our use of solitary confinement is not humane, effective, nor just. It is our belief that the Charter of Rights protects prisoners from this cruelty and it is time to invoke those protections.
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To address the causes and consequences of crime.
Our vision is a safer and healthier community for all.
We work primarily with men (18 and over), who have been or may be incarcerated, their families, victims of crime and the community to address the root causes of crime. We offer programs, supports and resources, based on the principles of restorative justice, to our clients at their various stages of involvement with the justice system.
Our goal is to empower our clients, if found guilty, to take responsibility and be held accountable for the harm their actions have caused not just to the victims and the community but to themselves as well and to become engaged contributing members of society.
As well, we advocate on behalf of individual clients within the system and for effective, evidence-based and humane approaches to reducing crime and supporting those who are or have been in conflict with the law.
We would like to thank the following artists who have contributed artwork to the John Howard Society Inside Scoop, which also appears on this site:
Vince Currie; Darren Brown; Donald Sutherland