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    PRISON WATCHDOG’S NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ANTI-BLACK RACISM IN CANADIAN PRISONS

     

    [Toronto:] MAY 29, 2015 – In a newly released report entitled, “Administrative Segregation in Federal Corrections: 10 Year Trends”, the Office of the Correctional Investigator has once again exposed the deep currents of anti-Black racism in Canada’s federal prison system.
    The report reveals that since March 31, 2005:

    • The population of African Canadians in federal prisons has increased by 77.5%, whereas the Caucasian population decreased 6.8%.
    • The number of segregation admissions for African Canadian inmates has increased by 100.4%.
    • African Canadian offenders who were admitted to segregation in 2013-2014 were less likely than Caucasians to have a history of self-injury (6.5% compared to 13.8%).

    “These new findings confirm that there is a crisis in corrections when it comes to African Canadian inmates” said Margaret Parsons, Executive Director of the African Canadian Legal Clinic. “It is time for the federal government to take decisive action in responding to this crisis by adopting a comprehensive action plan for reducing the over-representation of African Canadians in prisons and rates of segregation admissions.” Parsons continued.
    In the coming weeks, the African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) will be meeting with the Office of the Correctional Investigator to discuss these new findings. Towards the end of developing a comprehensive policy framework for addressing the over-incarceration and treatment of African Canadian inmates, the ACLC is calling for an urgent meeting with the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Mr. Don Head, Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada.
    “This situation is untenable and calls for an immediate response and urgent action from senior officials in federal corrections” said Anthony Morgan, Policy & Research Lawyer at the ACLC.
    For further information contact:
    Anthony Morgan, Policy & Research Lawyer, African Canadian Legal Clinic
    (E): morgana@lao.on.ca
    (T): 416-214-4747 Ext. 23

    Human Rights Forum on the State of African Descendants in Canada

    On September 6, 2014, the African Canadian Legal Clinic, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are inviting individuals and organizations serving African Canadians to make deputations to Dr. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Commissioner and Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-Descendants and Against Racial Discrimination.

    The event will also feature a film screening and discussion on the documentary Crisis of Distrust: Police and Community in Toronto by the Policing Literacy Initiative.

    Event details:

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Osgoode Professional Development Offices

    1 Dundas Street West Suite 2602, Toronto

    Attendees and participants must pre-register by emailing Anthony Morgan at morgana@lao.on.ca by Thursday September 4, 2014. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

    Please contact the African Canadian Legal Clinic at (416) 214 -4747 for more information.

     

    Racial Justice Report Card for Ontario

    June 5, 2014 – The Colour of Poverty Campaign – Colour of Change Network (COP-COC) is releasing its 2014 Racial Justice Report Card for Ontario which scores the three main Ontario political parties on their records and campaign platforms with respect to issues affecting racialized communities.  Read More.

    Opposition growing against indefinite immigration detention in Canada

    December 11, 2013 – Naomi Klein, John Greyson, Council of Canadians, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Law Union of Ontario, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Public Services Alliance of Canada – Ontario, Shit Harper Did, and over 50 other leading labour, civil society, grassroots groups and individuals representing over a million people have joined with migrant detainees in Lindsay, ON, and their families calling for an end to indefinite detention, maximum security incarceration of migrants and an overhaul of the adjudication process. Read More.

    Ontario Court of Appeal Strikes Down Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Gun Possession

    November 12, 2013 – The African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) applauds the Ontario Court of Appeal for its declaration that section 95(2) of the Criminal Code violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In its decision released on November 12, 2013, the Court held that the three year mandatory minimum sentence for a first time offence of possession of a restricted firearm fails the ‘gross disproportionality’ test under section 12 of the Charter and is therefore unconstitutional and to be declared of no force or effect.  Read More

    Programs for Suspended or Expelled Students

    Is your African Canadian child enrolled  in a program for suspended or expelled students or an alternative learning centre? Are you concerned about the quality of education that your son/daughter is receiving?  Are a significant number of students in the program African Canadian?  If so, please contact the African Canadian Legal Clinic and connect with a member our staff for assistance. Read More.

    Children’s Aid Societies

    Has your child been removed from your care by the Children’s Aid Society (“CAS”)? Do you believe that these measures were unwarranted? Do you feel that race was a factor in your treatment? The ACLC can provide you with the resources to file a complaint against CAS with the Child and Family Services Review Board or, if warranted, to file an application with the Human Rights Tribunal. Read More.