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Senate committee studying prisons makes Edmonton stop


Chris Stewart
The Senate Committee on Human Rights is in Edmonton this week studying the treatment of prisoners in the federal correctional system.

First Nation, Metis and Inuit make up one-third of the prison population in Canada.

Some who have testified say they don’t have access to cultural or spiritual programs – and many spend their entire sentence behind bars.

The Senate committee is looking for ways to fix the problems.


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3 Responses to “Senate committee studying prisons makes Edmonton stop”

    Alia August 10, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    Here is one step you can take for your friend in EIW. Write to your local MP asking for answers. As of now the Senate committee is in the beginning stages of visiting these prisons. They want to see first hand how these inmates are being treated so after they are done the visits they can go back to the table and discuss changes and put changes into place. Kim Pate is an amazing advocate for Women who have been criminalized and fights for their rights. I truly believe with in time this Senate Committee will make changes we need to see in our correctional systems.

    Step 1: Go to:

    Step 2: Enter your postal code in the tiny box, top right.

    Step 3: Now you know who your MP is! Make note of their name (you’ll need this later).

    Step 4: Print out this letter:

    Step 5: Fill in the blank spaces, including a signature!

    Step 6: Mail your letter to:

    [Insert Your MP’s / the Minister of Justice’s / the PM’s Name Here]
    House of Commons
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0A6

    P.S. It’s free! No stamp needed. Won’t cost you a cent.

    Mike Heemskerk August 9, 2018 at 3:26 am #

    HI my close friend is in the Edmonton institution for women right now and every phone call from her gets progressively more desperate and full of occounts of extreme mistreatment by inmates and staff. She’s in maximum security and her convictions do not even come close to deserving the high security level. Like where’s this “senate committee” that’s supposed to be looking into this? Guaranteed it hasn’t being looking too hard cuz it hasn’t even been changing anything in there for her or anyone else for that matter. So can i talk to somebody on her behalf that will do something? Please comment with info. Thank you.

    Carol Mason August 9, 2018 at 1:44 am #

    I don’t understand the headline – what did the Committee make Edmonton stop? The article doesn’t make it clear. Are they going to stop incarcerating First Nation, Metis and Inuit or maybe ALL prisoners? Are they going to stop denying access to cultural or spiritual programs – or forcing many prisoners to spend their entire sentence behind bars?

    I think this is an important issue and we deserve clarification.

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